‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

All material used in this pictogram comes from published sources in the public domain: The power of language: Use in psychiatry; Rif S. El-Mallakh, and Sabine Doenninghaus; Published online: 02 … Continue reading ‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

Culture of openness and transparency

On the 4th April 2018 the Herald revealed that NHS Tayside had “transferred millions of pounds” from a charity fund to “prop up its ailing finances”. On the 24th May … Continue reading Culture of openness and transparency

A Sunshine Act for Scotland

On Thursday 22 March 2018 I will be making a peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament, two years to the day that my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland … Continue reading A Sunshine Act for Scotland

A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament

I sent the following letter to the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland: Monday 19th March 2018 Dear Dr Calderwood, A Sunshine Act for Scotland I wanted to let you know … Continue reading A one-man peaceful protest outside the Scottish Parliament

“The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

The following perspective by Professor Walter Humes makes concerning reading. I reproduce it here, in full, as unfortunately my experience of the inner circle of Official Scotland has been anything … Continue reading “The charmed inner circle of Official Scotland”

Raised by the people of Scotland

  Crowd-funding is nothing new. The Martyrs’ monument was funded by public subscriptions to redress the events of 50 years previously when five Scots were transported for sedition. Their speaking … Continue reading Raised by the people of Scotland

“The shadowy mandarin class deserves greater scrutiny”

This was a recent post by Walter Humes for the Scottish Review. I read this as a personal view about the civil service in Scotland  (and not just about the governance … Continue reading “The shadowy mandarin class deserves greater scrutiny”

Director General for NHS Scotland

I have found it impossible to communicate directly with the Director General for NHS Scotland. The Director General for NHS Scotland does not reply to e-mails sent to him unless … Continue reading Director General for NHS Scotland

A Friend of Liberty: Professor Walter Humes

Professor Walter Humes, writing in Scottish Review, 21st September 2015: “For some time I have been copied into email exchanges concerning how complaints against public bodies are dealt with. I … Continue reading A Friend of Liberty: Professor Walter Humes