“Trust is generally being eroded”: Dr Peter J Gordon [reblog]

Hole Ousia

Last week I watched with much interest the 52nd Maudsley debate. The motion debated was: “This house believes that the use of long term psychiatric medications is causing more harm than good”.

52nd Maudsley debate

The Maudsley debate was covered in a head-to-head BMJ article.

Long-term-use-of-psychiatri

Given that I have petitioned the Scottish Government for a Sunshine Act I was interested in what this Maudsley Debate might say about our approach to transparency of financial conflicts of interest:

Transparency: hold the applause (British Psychiatry) from omphalos on Vimeo.

This particular aspect of the 52nd Maudsley Debate reminded me of a series of letters published in the BMJ a decade ago. It is interesting to consider what has and what hasn’t changed in the intervening ten years. The letters were in response to the following 2003 editorial:

No more free lunches (2003)

In a letter of response Dr K S Madhaven argued that “the market has…

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