In one of my introductory slides , I acknowledge a number of go-to’s to whom I am indebted. I actively engage with the go-to’s through social media with questions and requests for feedback. They have kept me from what would have been embarrassing gaffes. They allow me to present and write smarter than I am, when I let them. However any excesses or inaccuracies in my work are entirely my own. One of these go-to’s is Bernard “Barney” Carroll. In future blogs I will be saying a lot about his influence on me, although we have never actually met. In
This image of a boundary fence to a Scottish mental health “Institution” was recently shared with me.
As an “Institution” the British Journal of Psychiatry rejected my “editorial” on Iatrogenic Stigma. The reason given, by the sole peer reviewer, was that I had included “anecdote”.
Fortunately, a longer version of my paper on iatrogenic stigma was published in a less institutional journal.
I have reluctantly decided that I am no longer going to write any posts about NHS Scotland on Hole Ousia. I will however still continue to discuss health and wellbeing in the context of the “two cultures”.
My reason is that I no longer feel safe to speak out individually as an employee of NHS Scotland.
I will continue to advocate for transparency and accountability.
I feel very lucky to be a doctor. The NHS is so important to me. I have so many wonderful colleagues and I never cease to learn from the Scottish folk that I try to help when in a time of need.
I will always try my best to put patients first. That is the way I am. I do not agree with those who suggest that such a determination might be considered as a sign of illness.
Dr Peter J. Gordon
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The Chief Medical Officers for Scotland have been a huge inspiration to me.
I was delighted to hear, earlier this year, that Dr Catherine Calderwood had been appointed to this office to replace Harry Burns. My full support goes to Dr Calderwood in her appointment.
Last year I spoke at a Civic Trust event in Glasgow and was fortunate to follow Sir Harry Burns. His talk on “salutogenesis” accorded with all that Hole Ousia is about.
Kenneth Calman was the Chief Medical Officer before Harry Burns. No other Scottish doctor has inspired Hole Ousia writings more than Kenneth Calman.
In my need to put patients first I have included the Director General for NHS Scotland in e-mails that I have considered important to patient safety and well-being. I admit to being persistent in this matter.
Communications sent but unanswered:
No response came from the office of the Director General for NHS Scotland…
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I have recently posted on the promotion of Lurasidone (Latuda) in the UK. This has raised concerns for me about transparency of conflicts of interest for some of the key doctors and academics involved with the research, development and promotion of this novel antipsychotic.
One of those who has most significant financial interests is Professor Stephen Stahl. In “partnership with” the British Association for Psychopharmacology he recently gave this “Expert Seminar” at the University of Bristol:
This “Expert Seminar” is introduced by Professor Stahl as follows:
“Application” was made by Sunovion for CPD approval to the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom.
This “robust learning environment for UK health professionals” has left me asking some questions:
- Were the healthcare professionals made…
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Working as a police officer has forced me to be a part of some of the most unbelievable indignities I’ve ever seen and I wasn’t a willing participant in many of them – and unfortunately the worst of them have been connected to mental health relatedincidents. After almost eighteen years of experience, I’ve seen and done some things I’d really rather not have seen and it’s influenced my thinking about what I believe we should be trying to achieve here.
I wanted to share just some of them with you —
- I don’t want to see a complete, unequivocal end to the use of police custody as a Place of Safety under the Mental Health Act because it saves the custody officer some grief – it’s absolutely degrading to see someone in distress in custody where they have done nothing wrong. In many cases it is also legally degrading and…
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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 have no personal stake in any of the specific sources of concern (which include patient care in the NHS and responses by Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to requests for formal investigations). I do, however, have a long-standing interest in issues of public accountability and am familiar with the various techniques used by bureaucratic organisations to avoid responsibility when things go wrong: these include silence, delay, evasion, buck-passing and attempts to discredit complainants.”
“Those who hold high office in public bodies are very adept at defending their own interests. They may claim to support openness and transparency but those principles are not always translated into…
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I noticed this “Special Article” published in the October edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry. It details a novel antipsychotic medication called Lurasidone (trade name Latuda):
I would anticipate that this is the start of a programme to educate psychiatrists in the UK on this new drug.
I note from the ProPublica Searchable database that one of the authors of this “Special Article” has received payments from the drug’s manufacturers as below: