Making science a reality on Hole Ousia website:
"It has been a long time since I last wrote on Hole Ousia about my activism for a science that strives for objectivity.
It is probably reasonable to suggest that no other in the British Isles has given more to this cause than I have.
I petitioned the Scottish Parliament to consider introducing a Sunshine Act for Scotland. Much evidence was gathered for this petition and this was then shared in a formal public consultation.
The Scottish public agreed, in majority, that payments from the pharmaceutical industry and device makers to healthcare professionals need to be declared on a mandatory basis. At the time, this landmark consultation
was neither reported in the mainstream press nor the medical press. A
year on the Scottish Government has provided no meaningful update.
It was thus with considerable interest that I read the following editorial in the current British Medical Journal:
The full article can be accessed here from the BMJ:
Open and transparent from omphalos on Vimeo.