Sunday, 16 October 2016

Scottish Government under pressure to make doctors reveal their outside income #PaulHutcheon 16Oct16

Sunday Herald 16 October 2016

'NHS Scotland snubs English health service move for doctor transparency': Paul Hutcheon, Sunday Herald, 16Oct16

"Dr Peter Gordon, who has campaigned for legislation requiring transparency for health service staff, said: “Given that the English health department are currently considering the development of greater transparency relating to financial interest for consultants, it would indeed be disappointing if the Scottish Government were content with the status quo. 

“This is particularly the case given that a recent consultation with the Scottish public demonstrated support for the need for greater transparency.” 


A Sunshine Act for Scotland on Hole Ousia website, Dr Peter J Gordon

Sunshine Act Petition link ScotGov

Thursday, 13 October 2016

The hidden side of clinical trials #SileLane TEDxMadrid

Published on Sep 28, 2016 

Around half of the clinical trials done on medicines we use today are not
published. A tragic truth that needs to be changed, to help doctors do their
job properly and to not betray the trust of all those who have volunteered
to be part of those trials. Audiovisual producer: Daniel Goldmann. Editing: Xavi Fortino. Film team: Elena Salcedo, Josep Fernández, Daniel Davidson, Nicolás Mazzini, Nacho Valentín, David Ramos, Ignacio Fuentes and Fran Rubio. 

Síle Lane is director of campaigns and policy at Sense about Science, a charity concerned with the use and abuse of scientific evidence in public life. Síle helps run the global AllTrials campaign for clinical trial transparency which is supported by thousands of people and organisations worldwide. Find out more at 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. 

Learn more at

Friday, 7 October 2016

FOI request response NHS Fife: Stratheden IPCU £4.4 million spend @scotgov

Here is the FOI Request Response from NHS Fife regarding the £4.4million awarded from Scottish Government for the new build Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital, Cupar, plus other questions about cost of inpatients beds and the involvement of patients and carers in the new IPCU planning and design.

excerpt from page 1: bulk of monies went to Graham Construction

Monday, 3 October 2016

"Very best for the PhD" from @StephenGethins MP NE Fife 22Sep16

Letter received from Stephen Gethins MP North-East Fife, sending best wishes for my proposed PhD, saying

"The safe treatment of anyone experiencing psychosis or emotional distress due to life stresses or trauma is incredibly important, as is research aiming to inform future policy development such as yours."

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Obfuscation: Hunter Watson Sep16 #MentalHealthAct #ScotGov #HumanRights

Here is an Email and 11 page Paper 'Obfuscation' September 2016, received this morning from Hunter Watson, mental health human rights campaigner, Aberdeen, Scotland, sent to Maureen Watt, Minister for Mental Health, Scottish Parliament:


Response from Dr Peter J Gordon:

"20th September 2016.

Dear Mr Watson,
Thank you for copying me into this communication and the attached paper which I have now read.

I do hope the Minister will do her very best to provide some clarity to the questions that you raise.

I think most that you circulated your paper to will be aware of my successful petition to the Scottish Parliament for a Sunshine Act (PE1493)which was closed after a public consultation. In a majority the public asked that payments from commercial enterprises to healthcare workers, researchers and academics are made available to the public and that this needs to be on a “Mandatory” basis.

I mention this, as I am of the view that it is a most important backdrop to your paper. In the cases you outline in your paper, psychotropic treatments have been given under the 2003 MH(S)A.

Sunshine Act Petition PE1493
As an NHS doctor working in Scotland I prescribe psychotropic medications as appropriately as I can trying to follow the evidence base.  I am quite certain that healthcare workers all want to help anybody who is suffering. I am also certain that no evidence base can ever be fully complete. However we will not know if we are potentially doing unwitting harm given the current level of commercial interests in NHS Scotland. If anybody is in doubt, have a look at the evidence collected for PE1493:

Given that current Scottish Guidance on this (HDL 62) has been ignored across Scotland for more than a decade it is reasonable to be significantly concerned about this. I understand that the Scottish Government are currently proceeding with this matter following the closure of my petition in March of this year.

I mentioned evidence. Before signing off, I just want to make a few reminders of  prescribing patterns in Scotland:

·        1 in 7 Scottish adults are now on antidepressants. Mostly taking them long-term it seems. Yet commercial interests only ever undertook short, 6 week studies. There is thus a lot of unknowns about long-term prescribing of antidepressants.

·        Each year, the prescribing of antipsychotics in Scotland, in all age groups, is rising. This concerns me very much. These medications have a role in reducing suffering but are also associated, most commonly with significant, and potentially life-shortening, side-effects.  Such use of antipsychotics in our elders has been very widely promoted by the pharmaceutical industry who developed the term “Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in dementia” (BPSD). The industry then promoted this use by “educating” healthcare workers on “BPSD”. Today, healthcare workers are even more likely to be “educated” by commercial interests, and indeed, “Continuing medical Education” (CME) is a necessary part for doctor and nurse annual appraisal. The commercial sector are exploiting this professional requirement.

I hope this summary Mr Watson is of some help to you, and that the Minister may consider replying on the additional points I make.

We do need the help of the Scottish Government here to make sure we can achieve the best possible outcome when interventions are made whether willing or unwillingly.

Kind wishes

Dr Peter J Gordon
(writing in my own time)"

Saturday, 17 September 2016

online response to #MentalHealthStrategy 10yr vision 16Sep16

Here is my brief, quickly written, online response to Scotland's 10 year vision for Mental Health, their Strategy, submitted yesterday late afternoon.  After falling off bike near Cosla Edinburgh on Wednesday, sustaining a hamstring injury and bruising, having attended ScotGov MH Strategy Engagement event in Cosla, I didn't have time to make a full response.  Therefore I will write a document with more detail, expressing my hopes and commitment to action, in respect of Safe haven crisis Houses for people in psychosis and extreme emotional distress.  Alternatives to psychiatric inpatient treatment.