So, this has been fairly well-reported already. But in a show of my utmost commitment to the transparency agenda here is a link to the news release on the Royal College of Physicians (RCP website) about yesterday's launch by the Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group (ESHLSG) (a consortia of professional, medical and commercial … Continue reading Consortium publishes new principles for transparency in clinical trials/The Guardian debate on public engagement in research
I am not sure what made me think about and look for this report: 'N=1: Why people matter in medicines.' Perhaps it was all the talk last week about the Department of Health's 11th report to parliament on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) - in essence the way in which drug prices are set … Continue reading N=1: Defining medicines development and use from a patient perspective
On my train journey from Edinburgh this morning, I listened to a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in about the implications of Scottish independence. The intricacies of a possible de-coupling from the UK are fascinating - from the economy to people's pensions, to the NHS. I've yet to read an article written specifically about the pros and cons … Continue reading I’ve got a pile of irony to do tonight – from Scottish independence to NHS reform
Yesterday I spoke at a meeting of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). There was an outstanding presentation before mine by Kate Baker, a young academic paediatrician, about what inspired her to go into research. She talked about the importance of charismatic role models in attracting young doctors to science. But also highlighted … Continue reading Doctors' hours and research: the space-time continuum
This committee may be going quietly about its business but sometimes a 'nudge nudge, wink wink' can speak volumes.
It has been one of those weeks! But I got a bit of a fillip with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Sir Liam Donaldson's, annual report on Tuesday. Apart from being a good read, the CMO's annual address on the state of the nation's health can give voice and momentum to an issue within the Department … Continue reading A fillip for rare diseases