Monday, 8 June 2015

A Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition PE1493 by Dr Peter J Gordon: under consideration 9 June 2015 @ScotParl

Dr Peter John Gordon's petition PE01493: A Sunshine Act for Scotland is again under consideration by the Public Petitions Committee in Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 9 June 2015, a 5th time of it being heard by the committee.  The meeting starts at 10.00am:

link to Business Bulletin on Scottish Parliament website

Live Link to Committee Room 4 (James Clerk Maxwell Room) where Public Petitions Committee meeting is being held.


Dr Gordon lodged his Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition on 29 September 2013 and gave evidence on 12 November 2013.  Nearly a year later, on 11 November 2014, Dr Gordon's Petition was considered by the Committee for about 2 minutes (I was a spectator at the meeting in the Robert Burns Room), resulting in a letter to Scottish Government.  (Link to Official Report 11 November 2014)

Dr Gordon's Petition was considered for a second time at the Public Petitions Committee Meeting on 27 January 2015, and there was some discussion by MSPs, on this occasion more than 2 minutes worth, with another decision to write to Scottish Government. (Link to Official Report 27 January 2015)

Dr Gordon's Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition went before Scottish Parliament a 4th time on 31 March 2015. (Link to Official Report 31 March 2015)

PE1493: A Sunshine Act for Scotland petition history ScotParl website

Latest letter submission from Dr Peter J Gordon, 2 June 2015:

link to letter on Sunshine Act page ScotParl website


Open and transparent from omphalos 21 February 2015

"I have petitioned the Scottish parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a Sunshine Act for Scotland, creating a searchable record of all payments (including payments in kind) to NHS Scotland healthcare workers from Industry and Commerce.

All details can be found here from the Scottish Parliament:

Further details from my website, Hole Ousia can be found here:

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry have recently introduced a "Central Platform" to record payments to healthcare workers. Unfortunately there is an OPT-OUT so it may not provide the transparency that I believe we require when it comes to financial conflicts of interest.
(1) Radio Scotland, Wednesday 18th February 2015 "Good Morning Scotland"
(2) "Piggy in the Middle" by Belle & Sebastian for BBC Scotland"


More of my posts on A Sunshine Act for Scotland:

23 April 2015:my #BMJ Response: 'Sunshine Act for Scotland: transparency, independence and accountability'

18 March 2015: 31 March 2015: Sunshine Act for Scotland Public Petition PE1493 @ScotParl. Again. I'm looking for action.

28 January 2015: my tweets after watching #SunshineAct for Scotland petition being discussed on @ScotParl video 27 January 2015

On Mad in America 23 January 2015:  Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition Goes Before Parliament a 3rd Time

13 November 2013: Sunshine Act for Scotland petition Dr Peter J Gordon, Public Petitions Committee 11 Nov 14 Scottish Parliament (outcome? ask Scottish Government)

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