Saturday, 10 March 2018

in solidarity with Peter Gordon's #SunshineAct for Scotland protest @ScotParl 22 March 2018

Two years of no sunshine: Hole Ousia blog post, Dr Peter Gordon:

"On Thursday 22nd March 2018 I will be standing outside the Scottish Parliament with this banner.

This will be a peaceful, one-man protest, two years to the day that my petition for a Sunshine Act was closed. My petition closed on a most positive finding: that the Scottish public, in an official consultation (by the Scottish Health Council) concluded that declarations of competing interests should be mandatory and recorded centrally in an open register.

I was hopeful that the campaign on Realistic Medicine might have encouraged some action before now as the issue of competing interests has been part of a number of health inquiries

However it is now two years on and the Scottish Government has provided no meaningful update. This is the reason for my protest."


I've supported Dr Peter Gordon and his Sunshine Act Petition since September 2013 when first submitted:
Sunshine Act Petition link

Here are blog posts I wrote in support of Dr Gordon's Sunshine Act for Scotland, I also spectated at Public Petitions Committee Meetings when his Petition was being discussed:

24 March 2016: #SunshineAct for Scotland: mandatory publication of payments to healthcare professionals from industry 

17 March 2016: Dr Peter J Gordon's feedback @ScotParl on his Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition: closed 8Mar16 

8 March 2016: Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition closed by @ScotParl 8Mar16: passing the buck @scotgov 

29 January 2016: at Public Petitions Committee Meeting @ScotParl 26Jan16 to hear Sunshine Act for Scotland PE1493 

22 January 2016: A Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition PE1493: 26 January 2016 Robert Burns Room @ScotPar

9 February 2016: "it is impossible for anyone to establish the scale of competing financial interests" #SunshineAct for Scotland 

9 January 2016: A Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition@ScotParl: Why no reference to Scottish Health Council Consultation?

9 June 2015: Dr Peter J Gordon's Sunshine Act for Scotland petition considered 9Jun15: @ScotParl to write to @scotgov

"I attended today's Public Petitions Committee meeting to hear the Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition PE1493 by Dr Peter J Gordon being considered by government ministers, for the 5th time."


8 June 2015: A Sunshine Act for Scotland PetitionPE1493 by Dr Peter J Gordon: under consideration 9 June 2015 @ScotParl 

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

31 March 2015: A Sunshine Act for Scotland petition at Scottish Parliament 31 March 2015 

18 March 2015: 31 March 2015: Sunshine Act for Scotland Public Petition PE1493 @ScotParl.Again. I'm looking for action.
16 March 2015: Reblog: 'A Sunshine Act for Scotland' posts by Dr Peter J Gordon with Petition history, written Submissions & #omphalos Films 

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

24 January 2015:Reblog: 'NHS Boards are not following existing guidance' by Dr Peter J Gordon #SunshineAct

23 January 2015: Sunshine Act for Scotland Petition GoesBefore Parliament a 3rd Time 

10 January 2015: Scottish Parliament Petitions? I wouldn't bother. Government ministers have not acted in respect of the Sunshine Act Petition. They don't have the nerve.

13 November 2014: Sunshine Act for Scotland petition Dr Peter J Gordon, Public Petitions Committee 11 Nov14 Scottish Parliament (outcome? ask Scottish Government)

"I was there to hear the proceedings, punctuated by a Remembrance Day commemoration in the Garden Lobby of parliament at 11am, and then at around 12 noon the topic came up.  It took two minutes mention of contacting Scottish Government to ask about the NHS Circular HDL (2003) 62 (Registers of Interest) progress.  My thoughts?  Swingball.  Pass the buck."

Waverley Station, Edinburgh 11Nov14
on Scottish Parliament building Royal Mile


  1. Thank you Chrys for your solidarity, friendship, common sense, honesty and bravery.

    aye Peter

    1. Thanks Peter and well done to you for taking a stand.



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