Monthly Archives: April 2018

Press and Journal covers petition …

Very pleased to see coverage of Petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence in my local newspaper, the first coverage we have had in the North of Scotland.   I was tipped off by a friend by text message.  Walked to the … Continue reading

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The best celebration for the NHS would be to start talking …

Communication is vital.  Dr Margaret McCartney wrote recently in the BMJ   “The best celebration for the NHS would surely be for us to start talking.”  She was referring to NHS staff, but I felt it appropriate to respond and suggest … Continue reading

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The horrific effects of medical denial – Pamela Wilson

I met Pamela Wilson online. Like me she has lost most of her adult life (37 years) to benzodiazepines. We are both badly affected by withdrawal but she has sustained damage to her spinal cord, further complicated by benzodiazepine sedatives … Continue reading

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Current NICE guidelines on depression not fit for purpose

The current draft guideline on the Recognition and Management of Depression in Adults is not fit for purpose On the 17th November, the signatories to this briefing wrote to David Haslam, Chair of NICE, to formally request a further full … Continue reading

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NHS Scotland clearly has ample funding

My experience of the NHS over the past 5 years has been utterly dismal.  In 2012, I changed my GP practice for convenience of location.  I was advised at first consultation that I should consider stopping Nitrazepam, a benzodiazepine, I … Continue reading

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A message to Dr Allen Frances, psychiatrist

Last night I could not sleep.  Once again I feel this immense pain, it is both mental and emotional.  Why do I feel it?  After battling for 4 years for a diagnosis of drug-induced damage, I was told by a … Continue reading

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A message to Maureen Watt, Minister for Mental Health

I am drug damaged, damaged from almost 40 years of consuming prescribed drugs, benzodiazepines and antidepressants.  I was given a full and frank acknowledgement that this is the case by a consultant psychiatrist at Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen on 2nd February. … Continue reading

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