Action

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

http://gpview.co.uk/update-managing-patients-with-medically-unexplained-symptoms/

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

http://bjgp.org/content/early/2017/08/28/bjgp17X692537/tab-e-letters

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

http://bjgp.org/content/67/661/363/tab-e-letters

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

http://bjgp.org/content/early/2017/07/03/bjgp17X691697/tab-e-letters

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

http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j3129/rapid-responses

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40442178

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

http://bjgp.org/content/67/659/272/tab-e-letters

Story in Daily Mail, 22 May 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4531548/Betrayed-doctors-turned-DRUG-ADDICTS.html

Letter to BJGP, 21 May 2017

http://bjgp.org/content/withdrawal-benzodiazepines

Petition to Petitions Committee, Scottish Parliament – May 2017

http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01651

Scottish Sunday Express covers Petition – 18 April 2017

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/793170/Antidepressants-support-Scotland-campaign-patient-mental-health

Appearance on Scottish TV news, 18 November 2015

http://news.stv.tv/north/1332797-woman-addicted-to-prescription-drugs-for-40-years-robbed-of-life/

Contact with veteran campaigners such as Barry Haslam, Oldham.  Barry has campaigned on this issue for 30 years.

http://www.benzo.org.uk/barry.htm

APPG House of Commons

The personal stories of Fiona French and Ann Kelly have been shared with the All Party Parliamentary Group on PDD recently set up in the House of Commons.  Marion Brown, Recovery and Renewal, Helensburgh attended meeting on 24 November 2015.

STV news item – November 2015

http://news.stv.tv/north/1332797-woman-addicted-to-prescription-drugs-for-40-years-robbed-of-life/

Petition to Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health

https://www.change.org/p/shona-robison-cabinet-secretary-for-health-scotland-prescribed-drug-dependence-needs-to-be-recognised

Contact with Politicians

Fiona French has written to her MP, Kirsty Blackman, SNP and an email has been sent to every MSP. A few have responded positively.  Cameron Buchanan, Cons, tabled a Parliamentary Question on the subject of PDD in December 2015.

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/BusinessBulletin/94637.aspx

Newspapers/radio

Scotland on Sunday published a small piece on 22 November 2015.

The Daily Record published a two page spread on 8 February 2016.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/two-scots-women-who-suffered-7328665#Iq1ZXlGZktK5FwOz.97

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/real-life/record-view-government-must-tackle-7330345#Mis9DCTLVpmiotG3.97

Daily Record – David Healy

Fiona French spoke briefly on Radio Scotland on 8 February 2016.

  • “Louise White sits in” –  starting at just over 1 hour

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b055jkys/episodes/player

11 July 2016 – first World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day 

 

 

 

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