Points of view
Past and future
Respect for NHS consultants?
SCP’s early history;
living on Death Row & Dignitas in Zurich
FoIA “It’s not about toilet paper“
Freedom of Information 9 months on
Single Case Studies
Unjustly suspended doctors
2005 & the Freedom of Information Act
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –Media Watch:
GMC & MDU/MDUSL
Consultant psychiatrist let down (Hospital Doctor 8/06)
Adjusting the deckchairs of the Titanic (Dr P Tomlin)
General Medical Council overturned
electronic clocking in to monitor trainees Writing on the wall?
Lowering GMC standards of proof (Hospital Doctor 8/06)
Close to the Wind (Dr M T Haslam)
Confessions in criminal cases: Are they always safe and relevant? (Dr L Lowenstein)
Experiences in Court with cases of Parental Alienation
Expert Witness Alienated Chairman’s annual address 2005
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Psychiatric support for prisoners: deteriorating realities
Would any readers like to share their experience of the current situation?
Tilting at doctors Daily Telegraph 3 August 2004
Whose life is it anyway? Daily Telegraph 31 July 2004
Right-to-life ruling puts doctors ‘in impossible position’;
Minister puts a price on the right to life The Times May 16/19 2005
Dr Dermot Ward and Mr Leslie Burke. Political Correctness towards handicapped people?
Chairman’s Annual Address 2004
Questions over the use of EBM in Psychiatry
Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry March 2005
This journal has a well organised website. Malcom Lader welcomes (with reservations) the RCP/BMJ book Clinical Evidence Mental Health. Barry Jones’ defends the doctor-patient relationship and the need to resolve the rift and split into factions;
“is it right that EBM should be the overriding principal in our workplace?”
Mental health care shake-up warning
The Guardian March 23 2005
– – Government plans to reform mental health services will force too many people into compulsory treatment and erode their civil liberties, a committee of MPs and peers has warned – –
(Hospital Doctor 14 April 2005, pp 16-20, Melanie Newman) Possibly excessive disciplinary actions suffered by a consultant gynaecologist- facts have come to light that cast doubt on whether he deserved to be struck off.
On Mental Health Review Tribunals:
The Mental Health Review Tribunal Website
This official website is a recent new presence on the internet.
The Times Law section on Tuesdays is worth watching. The 19 October 2004 issue has a two-page spread on psychiatric concerns. A restricted patient (manslaughter with diminished responsibility) gives his personal view on the way that MHRT panels operate and their shortcomings, “Do we want a system that works well or one that makes things worse?“, and there is discussion of the burden likely to fall upon RMOs to review 22,000 ‘Bournewood’ patients denied their rights, including those of access to the MHRT. Mental health review tribunals and legal representation – equality of arms?
Legal Representation for Detaining Authorities?Dr John W. Coates argues that there should be legal representation routinely for Trusts, instead of reliance upon RMOs to argue the case for continuing detention (Psychiatric Bulletin, November 2004).
Is not the burden of proof already laid too heavily upon the patient? What do you think?
Recent Problems Dr Brian Crossley has researched difficulties resulting from withdrawal of clerks from MHRT hearings, including late cancellations (Psychiatric Bulletin, October 2004)