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  1. Anonymous Member

    British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with Sci'

    GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with Scientologists -- Dyer 340: c1766 -- BMJ

    Reader responses can be submitted here:
    bmj.com Rapid Responses submission
  2. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Did the panellist get his mandatory mental health exam and deprogramming?

    Oh wai...

    sry gais was dreaming ahead during fap.

    heh, it was a good one brb cleaning up
  3. Anonymous Member

  4. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Their email back from my 'reader response' says:

    so this is an excellent opportunity for well-written responses to appear in the print BMJ, which is A Proper Journal And Everything.
  5. STC_SOCk2 Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Wat the fcuk? Seduction?
  6. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    WIN
  7. Anonymous Member

  8. greebly Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    ty bmj
  9. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    This needs to be campaigned for widely:

    A conflict of interests declaration should be required from anyone who is involved with scientology (or any of it's numerous front groups) who is also in (or close to) any position of power in all publicly funded organisations.

    This would begin to address the fundamental concern that the 'Church' of Scientology is committed to propagating it's agenda to create a 'scientology world' globally via clandestine non-democratic means:

    "A race is staggering along making difficulties for itself. Locate its leaders. Get a paid post as a sercetary [sic] or officer of the staff of the leaders of that race ... Don't bother to get elected. Get a job on the secretarial staff or the bodyguard, use any talent one has to get close in, go to work on the environment and make it function better."
    L Ron Hubbard, "The Special Zone Plan", Understanding issue 27, 1960

    Google 'operation snow white'.
  10. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Have I mentioned how much ilovethisthread.jpg?
  11. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Please, somebody who knows enough to set out a decent case? Staying on target but explaining the harm that Dianetics can do to a person who is in need of real psychiatric help...?
  12. Ann O'Nymous Member

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    Nice.
  13. STC_SOCk2 Member

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    It's old news, yes, but it's relevant here. Many doctors are very much aware of the situation already (and pissed off). Like, they've been crying out for years about this shit.

    What has been happening is a fucking scandal. It is utterly outrageous and heads should roll at the GMC (figuratively speaking)
  14. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Indeed.

    I've submitted a response which gets into the detail of this particular FOI case, but a response which takes a wider view could be very relevant. If it gets into the print BMJ then it would achieve a wide circulation.

    The BMJ also runs articles on this kind of topic - i.e. not just hard-science research articles but also this kind of wider thing. Article submission details are here:
    Submitting an article to the BMJ — BMJ resources

    Back in 2003, the BMJ published an article by Thomas Szasz - the founder of CCHR - so there is an argument to be made that it's time they heard the other side of the case.

    See the comments on that articles for some Sci-related stuff, including comment by Dr Cosgrove, at whose GMC hearing Brightmore was revealed to be a former CCHR 'Commissioner', which started this whole thing off.

    It all links up. ;)

    Does Anon have already, in a media pack or somewhere like that maybe, a concise and well-documented writeup on CCHR and the Sci anti-psychiatry campaign? If so then perhaps that could be submitted as an article to the BMJ.

    The Information Tribunal, in their Decision to force the GMC to release the information, picked up on the Sci anti-psychiatry bias as a relevant factor in this case:

    http://www.informationtribunal.gov...._GMC_(EA-2009-0063)_Decision_23-02-10_(w).pdf

    so that could be an interesting starting point for a feature-type article on the wider issue.
  15. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Anyone got access to the whole article?
  16. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with Scientologists
    Clare Dyer

    1 BMJ

    The General Medical Council has been forced to disclose documents it tried to keep secret about its handling of a case involving a lay panel member who was banned from hearing professional conduct cases after failing to disclose the extent of his links with the Church of Scientology.

    The UK regulator has written to around 70 doctors to tell them that Christopher Brightmore, one of the panel members who sat on their cases, had his contract as a panellist terminated in 2004. The Citizens Commission for Human Rights, founded by the church, campaigns against "the seduction and contamination of medicine by psychiatrists."

    The GMC says that a review of Mr Brightmore’s cases by external solicitors, supported by leading and junior counsel, found no evidence of any bias against psychiatry or psychiatrists. But a spokeswoman said, "It’s up to the doctors to decide what action to take."

    Letters have also been sent to the Royal College of Psychiatrists and to the doctors’ defence organisations.

    The internal documents showing the circumstances in which Mr Brightmore, a former detective chief superintendent, was removed from the list of panellists were released in response to a freedom of information request by William Thackeray, an anti-Scientology campaigner.

    The GMC initially refused to disclose the documents, arguing that the information could be withheld under section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act because it was personal data of Mr Brightmore’s and because its disclosure would be unfair to him. That decision was upheld by the information commissioner.

    But Mr Thackeray appealed to the Information Tribunal, which ruled that the papers should be disclosed. The tribunal noted that the fifth report of the Shipman inquiry, published in 2004, dealt with the GMC’s fitness to practise procedures, and added, "We find that the legitimate interests of members of the public outweigh the prejudice to the rights, freedoms, and legitimate interests of Mr B[rightmore]."

    Mr Brightmore was one of five panellists sitting in June 2004 on the case of a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Patrick Cosgrove, who claimed that Scientologists were involved in bringing the case against him.

    The panel’s chairman asked whether any of the panel members had any connection with Scientology, but no links were disclosed. Later, after an adjournment, Mr Brightmore told the chairman that he had looked at a Scientology drugs project and spoken favourably about it at meetings.

    Dr Cosgrove’s counsel made an application for Mr Brightmore to stand down, and he recused himself from the proceedings.

    But later in the proceedings letters were produced from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights that showed Mr Brightmore listed on the letterhead as a commissioner. He admitted that he had been a commissioner but said he had resigned on 1 January 2001.

    Mr Brightmore told a subgroup of the GMC’s fitness to practise committee, convened to decide whether he should continue as a panellist, that he had not disclosed his past role as a commissioner because he was "embarrassed and did not want to appear foolish."

    But the subgroup decided that his "errors of judgment demonstrated a lack of the highest standards of integrity that the GMC requires of its panellists" and that he would no longer be allowed to sit as a panellist.

    Niall Dickson, the GMC’s chief executive said, "There are lessons we can learn both in how we handle incidents like this and how we ensure that we do everything possible to prevent them happening in the first place."

    Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1766
  17. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    nice one! thanks.
  18. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    I'd like exact details of what they have actually done since 2004 to 'handle' any further incidents or 'prevent them happening'.

    Have they specifically asked all panellists if they are or have been involved with scientology or any of it's front groups in any way?

    What is scientologist Lady McNair's involvement at the GMC? This is not made clear in any of the released documents but she is mentioned a number of times.
  19. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    I wonder if they sent all those letters back in 2004 or only recently.
  20. Anonymous Member

  21. auchraw Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    This would cover Narconon, Criminon, the CCHR, Applied Scholastics, the schools, WISE, the VMs, all the frauds. It would be wonderful. Some day it might happen. The information is already available. How do we get people to look at it?
  22. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    We need to start lobbying parliament, media, officials in all publicly funded organisations - citing the BMJ article, operation snow white and examples of front groups to help put forward an argument for this.
  23. Anonymous Member

    Re: British Medical Journal, 'GMC panellist was banned for not disclosing links with

    Scientologist and cchr executive Lady McNair is listed with GMC members at the bottom of this webpage as 'observers' on this parliamentary website :

    June 2007 Notes


    Observers
    Jonathan Coe, WITNESS against abuse
    Jane Gardiner, WITNESS against abuse
    Aileen O’Neill, Royal College of Psychiatrists
    Dr Ian Hall, Royal College of Psychiatrists
    Roger Freeman, Royal College of Psychiatrists
    Adrian Delemore, Justice in Health
    Miranda Morland
    Lady Margaret McNair, CCHR
    Paul Fletcher, CCHR
    Brian Daniels, CCHR
    Professor Julie Stone, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
    Douglas Bilton, Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
    Paul Philip, GMC
    Hugh Simpson, GMC
    John Hewett, South Central Strategic Health Authority
    Steve Klein, Mental Health Act Commission
    Doreen McCollins,
    Dr Fareed Bashir, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Prestwich Hospital
    James Vallance, Department of Health
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