Hmmm. I’ve been looking into The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines once again… while considering this new organisation and what it may or may not stand for (we wait with baited breath) I think it might be useful to consider the genesis of another organisation that Jim Thomson is involved with – the Centre For Mental Health.
After leaving Depression Alliance, Jim worked with Innervate as its Sales and Marketing Director – but only for a short time and well, ‘not really’, as Jim himself has told me “I did not, as you say, leave DA suddenly. I wanted to move the organisation in one direction (that being to broaden its remit) and the Executive Committee did not. Nor do I work for Innervate. I did for a short time, while I was trying to establish the Centre for Mental Health”.
So the Centre for Mental Health is Jim’s baby and he was only using Innervate as a stepping stone in some way? Even though he was Sales and Marketing Director… sales and marketing – Director? Not exactly a short-term role in my experience, but anyhow…
I’m sure you remember that Innervate has a track record of working to establish ‘patient organisations’, ‘forums’ and ‘societies’. Its work with the Diabetes Monitoring Forum is a fine example of what Innervate can do – read more here and here.
Neil Bindemann, MD of Innervate is proud of his work and told a meeting of Harley Street doctors how he has “developed a specialist interest in establishing and developing communities of interest in support of the wider communication interests of his clients.” In the same round table table forum, he went on to describe his experience in founding and developing clinical associations such as the Primary Care Neurology Society and the Centre for Mental Health.
I’m getting confused now.
So Innervate established these “communities of interest” – the Diabetes Monitoring Forum, the Primary Care Neurology Society and the Centre for Mental Health – in support of the wider communication interests of its clients? Its clients being… various pharmaceutical companies?
And there was me thinking they were all grassroots patient groups…
So then, a few questions – in whose interests was the Centre for Mental Health established and developed and who paid for it?
And back to The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines – in whose interests has it been established, who is paying for it and who are Jim’s partners in this self-styled ‘Alliance’?
My collected posts about patient groups can be found here – be warned, there’s a lot to read!
And remember what Jim himself says “…ask yourself one question… What does this person, or this organisation, have to gain from taking this position?”