“I am the most unfortunate doctor”

This is a passage from Don Quoxite was written by Miguel De Cervantes over 400 years ago: [please note: the above portrait is of Miguel De Cervantes and not the … Continue reading “I am the most unfortunate doctor”

Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

On the 4th October 2019 I e-mailed the three candidates for the Presidency of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and asked: Do you support Sunshine Legislation for the UK? So … Continue reading Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

“Good clarification”

On the 12th September 2019 Dr Sameer Jauhar shared on social media the above correction, as published in the Daily Mail, describing it as a “good clarification” The Council for … Continue reading “Good clarification”

Kelly’s cats

I made this film at the start of the year. It is an artistic film that considers suicide. It is also a film about all that matters to me. Union … Continue reading Kelly’s cats

Kindness, attention and respect

Many years ago, one of my patients who had lost a child to suicide, wrote to me to say: Some years later I read this: I have previously shared considerations … Continue reading Kindness, attention and respect

‘Partisan’

This post shares e-mails that I have previously sent to Prof Rob Howard, Old Age Psychiatrist and Dementia Researcher, University College London. I have not included any e-mails from Professor … Continue reading ‘Partisan’

“Good debate is respectful and constructive”

In December of 2018 The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society came together to confirm a common set of ideals and principles. These were published in the … Continue reading “Good debate is respectful and constructive”

A social media ‘influencer’ asked:

Earlier this summer a social media ‘influencer’ asked this question: “What is your best advice in four words or less?” The current President of the Royal Society of Medicine (who … Continue reading A social media ‘influencer’ asked:

‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

Last week the Council for Evidenced-Based Psychiatry (CEP) called for “the implementation of a UK Sunshine Act to make transparent the financial relationships between doctors and pharmaceutical companies & the … Continue reading ‘CEP calls for UK Sunshine Act’

“elf-haunted”

In ‘Pale Fire’ Vladimir Nabokov talks of “the elf-haunted alderwood”. All woodlands need light or there will not be new growth.

The commercialisation and branding of a profession (5)

The Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress begins today in London. #RCPsychIC I recently asked if the Royal College of Psychiatrists was “Puritanical or Platinum?” Last year I resigned from … Continue reading The commercialisation and branding of a profession (5)