Petition & Press Campaign

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New health alert over antidepressants as study finds a ‘rare but serious’ risk of suicide for patients on pills

Mother struggled to find out about her son’s treatment from doctors, Herald, 21 Oct 2018 (attacked in comments section by Dr Michael Murray, consultant anaesthetist, Glasgow, comments now deleted)

Alyne Duthie, Peter Gordon, Des Spence and “Laura” featured in Herald, 14 Oct 2018

GPs failing to warn patients about potential side effects, Daily Mail, 7 Oct 2018

Read & Davies meta-analysis of antidepressant withdrawal – Daily Mail, 2 Oct 2018

Prof David Baldwin resigns as member of expert panel – 25 Sept 2018

Kevan Christie, Scotsman – Thousands of kids on antidepressants is just not right.

Response to James Le Fanu, BMJ, Mass medicalisation is an iatrogenic catastrophe, 29 June 2018

Response to Daniel Sokol, BMJ, Doctors shouldn’t reveal so much, 19 June 2018

Response to Clare Gerada, BJGP, Doctors and Suicide, 8 May 2018

Response to BMJ Editorial, 17 April 2018 – The NHS at 70: Loved, valued and affordable? Fiona French

Response to BMJ Editorial, 4 April 2018, Marion Brown, Alyne Duthie, Fiona French, Beverley Thorpe, “Is the BMJ – and the medical profession that it represents – really ‘listening to patients’ and the public?”

Letter in BMJ, 28 March 2018, Fiona French, Response to “Large meta-analysis ends doubt about efficacy of antidepressants”

More publicity in the Helensburgh Advertiser, 20 February 2018

Prof David Healy, Aberdeen Conference, antidepressants doing more harm than good in teenagers, 5 February 2018

Letter to BMJ, Marion Brown, Should action take priority over further research in public health, 5 February 2018

Clare Hanley, The Times, 27 January 2018


Tabitha Dow, Daily Mail

Letter to Herald, 15 December 2017, Marion Brown responding to my letter.

Letter to Herald, 13 December 2017,  responding to Dr Philip Gaskill

Letter to BMJ, 10 December 2017,  “Shell Shock”

Herald, 4 December 2017 – Second discussion of petition at Holyrood

Herald, 4 December 2017 – Ann Kelly’s story

Letter to BJGP, responding to Dr Des Spence, 1 December 2017

Dr Peter Gordon’s views on Petition and wider issues

Prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal

Daily Mail article, gabapentinoid (painkiller) drugs, Dr Des Spence quoted

Letters to BJGP, responding to Dr Stuart Allan, 20 November 2017

Letter to BJGP Open, withdrawal of unnecessary antidepressant medication

Letter to BJGP, response to Prof A Niroshan Siriwardena, 31 October 2017

Letter to BMJ, response to Simon Wessely, 30 October 2017

Letter to BMJ, Managing medically unexplained symptoms, 26 October 2017

Letters to Herald, Fiona French, Alyne Duthie and comment by Marion Brown

Letter to BJGP, response to Dr Des Spence on anti-depressant over-prescribing

Herald article, 3 October 2017, highlighting BMA call for helpline and petition

Article by Marion Brown in GP View, 25 September 2017 – MUPS

Letter to BJGP, 12 September 2017, Improving communication re MUPS

Letter to BJGP Open, 14 August 2017 – guidelines / systematic reviews of management of MUS–patient-relationship

The great myth buster – antidepressants – following on from Panorama

Letter to BMJ, 5 August 2017 – Antidepressants and murder? – case not closed

Panorama – Prescription for Murder?


Letter to BJGP, 31 July 2017 – Bad Medicine: The medical untouchables

Letter to BGJP, 11 July 2017 – Helpful strategies for GPs seeing patients with MUPS

Letter to BMJ, 6 July 2017 – Judging the benefits and harms of medicines

Appeared on BBC TV Reporting Scotland – 29 June 2017 – date of first meeting of Petitions Committee to discuss petition on prescribed drug dependence

20 June 2017 – Invited to speak on Kaye Adams Radio Programme but was abruptly cut off by presenter, Louise White. Later received an apology. 

Letter to BJGP, 31 May 2017 – Bad Medicine: Defensiveness

Story in Daily Mail, 22 May 2017

Letter to BJGP, 21 May 2017

Petition to Petitions Committee, Scottish Parliament – May 2017

Scottish Sunday Express covers Petition – 18 April 2017

Petition to the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Scotland

Article in Scottish press, 8 February 2016

Appearance on Scottish TV news, 18 November 2015

Have written to all Members of Scottish Parliament.

Do whatever you can, however small.  You don’t know where it might lead or who it might influence.