The International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists took place in Edinburgh, the city of my birth, between the 26 – 29 June 2017. This International Congress was called “Psychiatry Without Borders”.
As a psychiatrist who has worked in NHS Scotland for 25 years I made a peaceful protest outside the International Congress.
I have previously petitioned the Scottish Parliament to consider a Sunshine Act for Scotland which would make it mandatory for healthcare workers and academics to declare potential financial conflicts of interest on an open public register.
The pharmaceutical Industry has this year increased payments to healthcare workers and academics for ‘promotional activities’ – from £109 million up to £116.5 million today.
The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has, from 2015, established a voluntary disclosure system with searchable database. It remains the case that 65% of those who have received payments have opted out –…
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