Winners Of The 2018 Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition

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It gives me great pleasure to present to you the winners of this year’s Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition.

Blog Post Competition

The theme of the competition was ‘Royalty’, and participants were allowed no more than 300 words in their entry. Please do click on the links and read the winning entries, not only because they are wonderfully written stories, but because it gives the reader an idea of what judges are looking for when entering any competition.

1st Place – Marje Mallon (Blog: M. J. Mallon Author) with an entry called The Queen’s Dress Down Day.

2nd Place – Samantha Smith (Blog: Loving The Fifty Something) with an entry called The Royal House.

3rd Place – Georgia Rose (Blog: Georgia Rose Books) with an entry called The Proverbial Fairy Tale.

Two of the winners (Marje and Samantha) were at the Bloggers Bash and were awarded their prizes on the day. Georgia…

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A prescribed medication: my experience

Hole Ousia

Today, the Sunday Herald carried this front-page headline:

I was part of this Herald report. I ask you to forgive me for using a swear word. Please do not say that I am brave. I am not. I am a worrier and hate causing upset. Brave are those like Alyne Duthie.

In the era of Evidenced Based Medicine the work and thoughts of the sociologist Patrick Geddes seem to have been rarely considered. Geddes argued that evidence comes in many forms. Evidenced Based Medicine is just one form. Geddes, were he still alive, might ask how “informed” today’s evidence is?

This is some of my story of antidepressant withdrawal:

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Sunshine legislation

Hole Ousia

I have just sent this letter:

Sent: 07 October 2018 10:49
Subject: Sunshine legislation

Bridge of Allan,
7th October 2018

Dear Royal Colleges, General Medical Council, UK Governments, UK Parliaments/Assemblies, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Chief Medical Officer for England, MHRA, NICE, SIGN, Science Media Centre, the APPG on prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and the British Association for Psychopharmacology,

There seems to be an increasing understanding that without the introduction of sunshine legislation the potential for iatrogenic harm will continue in the UK. I have been involved in this subject for many years and have previously petitioned the Scottish Parliament to consider the introduction of a Sunshine Act. As a consequence of this petition the Scottish Public were consulted and this confirmed public support for such legislation.

I wish to share with you a recent summary that I have made which may…

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What’s this, why dis (ability)?

face the music

This post is based on a tweet I wrote this week:

I was describing interactive music sessions, singing songs, and engaging with people who have a learning disability.  The last word in that sentence seemed to be noted as the key word. I suppose we all tend to categorise things we hear. Still, it stood out to me, and got me thinking how people may see the work I do in this area.

The thing is, I’d never thought of it like that before. In music therapy sessions, we know each other by our first names, we make music together, we interact in particular…

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Another disappointing response from the Scottish Government

Hole Ousia

I recently shared my concerns about this Lundbeck sponsored meeting:

I have also documented why I do not share the view of the Chief Executive Officer of Royal College of Psychiatrists that college procedures around declarations of competing financial interest are “sufficiently robust”:

I therefore wrote to the Scottish Government and the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland seeking reassurance about my concerns. This is the reply that I have received from the Scottish Government:

In the two years that have lapsed since the public consultation the “updates”, only ever issued at my request, have failed to outline any meaningful action by the Scottish Government. I remain unconvinced that the Scottish Government has any intention of acting to improve transparency in the declarations of competing financial interests in healthcare workers, researchers and academics.

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‘What steps can be taken to ensure that patient voices are listened to and heard’

Hole Ousia

On the 21st August 2018 the Scottish Parliament published this report on petition PE1517 Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices.

This statement was made by the authors (page 35)

I share this concern of the Scottish Parliament and I wrote a letter about my concern to the Herald  at the beginning of the year. The letter was not published so I have included it below:

21 January 2018.

Dear Sir,
I have now witnessed the Scottish Government’s Department of Health seeming to disbelieve the evidence presented in three separate health-related petitions and the experience of those who have petitioned. These included the petition by the Mesh survivors (PE1717); my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland (PE1493); and now Marion Brown’s petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal (PE1651). The latest evidence session to the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee once again would seem to demonstrate…

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