Soft Power [and telling stories]

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This Feature Article made the cover of the BMJ:

One of the contributors described an approach to influencing healthcare policy as follows:

Telling stories is a well established approach taken by the commercial sector.

[These are the publicly available declarations of interest for this contributor:]

It seems that I am not alone in feeling most uncomfortable that another aspect of “soft power” is that it happens “behind closed doors”, as recognised in the article:

This single reference used in the article expands further on the approach of “soft power”:

“Soft power” is still power. Telling stories is not always the same as telling the truth. The shaping of policy “behind closed doors” excludes wider scrutiny. The power stays with the “narrative controllers”.

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How many more inquiries?

Hole Ousia

This short film is based on a Radio Scotland interview with Professor Alison Britton who chaired the Investigative Review into the Scottish Independent Review of transvaginal mesh implants. In a sense this was a ‘Review of a Review’

Professor Britton explained that her review had come to the conclusion that transparency of competing interests was essential.

Only a Sunshine Act would ensure such transparency.

It is almost three years since a public consultation supported the introduction of a Sunshine Act for Scotland.

How many more inquiries and consultations will it take for the Scottish Government to take meaningful action to ensure that patients are fully informed of Industry influence in the treatment they may be offered?

Details of Petition PE1493, A Sunshine Act for Scotland can be accessed here:

The findings of the public Consultation on this can be read here:

Music credit:

‘From Truth’ by Dexter Britain…

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