The British Psychological Society – who will investigate its professional misconduct?

In January 2007 was when I first wrote about Lisa Blakemore Brown – she was being prosecuted by the British Psychological Society (BPS) at the time regarding her alleged lack of fitness to practice psychology due to “paranoia”:

Commenting on tonight’s Panorama programme “Secrets of the Drug Trials” the editor in chief of the British Medical Journal, Fiona Godlee writes “Panorama’s account of GlaxoSmithKline’s successful attempts to market Seroxat for use in children, despite the fact that its own published trial found evidence of serious adverse effects and failed to show benefit, is fascinating but depressingly familiar. The Vioxx story, told last week (BMJ 20 January, p 120), appears to have all the same hallmarks, including the paying of opinion leaders and ghost writers to talk up a drug when the evidence can’t speak for itself.

But what about Doctors who don’t want to tow the Big Pharma line, or worse still, find themselves at odds with the medical establishment? Take the case of the psychologist Lisa Blakemore Brown, a specialist in Autism, ADHD & Aspergers. Blakemore Brown has been involved on the “wrong side” of the debate about the psychiatric disorder Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP), maintaining that many parents have been falsely accused of injuring their children. There have been high-profile releases from jail of women such as Angela Canning. MSbP is a disorder in which an adult invents or deliberately creates a child’s illness to draw attention to themselves. She has challenged prominent doctors such as Sir Roy Meadows and Professor David Southall who, in her view, have promulgated a wholly inappropriate approach to scientific evidence. She has irritated pharmaceutical companies. But instead of debate Lisa has encountered its very opposite. The abuse of science goes right into the heart of a prominent professional body. Her colleagues have stood by in silence.

To learn more about this case, please go to Scientific Misconduct and read in detail what the celebrated whistleblower Dr. Aubrey Blumsohn and others have to say on this worrying case. This is about the distortion of scientific debate, most particularly by powerful forces in medicine. It is about the way in which industry, professional bodies, government regulators and powerful individuals collude to prevent scientific debate and to victimise those asking difficult questions. It is about the way those entrusted with authority behave.

Just the other day, over at Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry I noticed there has been an important development in the case as the BPS have written to Blakemore Brown:

“The Complaints Committee therefore found no evidence of professional misconduct on you [sic] part. The matter is now closed as regards to the Society.”

Read more about this over at Scientific Misconduct.

I presume that in a case like this the BPS will now be drafting an apology to Lisa Blakemore Brown and as they found no evidence of misconduct they will now be looking closely at the people and organisations who made the wild claims in the first place…

What do you think?


2 Responses to “The British Psychological Society – who will investigate its professional misconduct?”

  1. Matthew Holford Says:

    Apologize? Not a fucking chance.

    If they were to apologize, they would have to admit that they were wrong. If they admitted that they were wrong, they’d have to go back and put it right.

    No, best cover it up, as best they can, so that they can go ahead and do some more of the same in the future. Remind you of anything, in particular? It’s a pattern of behaviour, nothing more.


  2. Lisa Blakemore-Brown Says:

    The BPS actually threatened me with the High Court simply because the transcripts were on the internet, claiming to own them. During discussions about this in one of the Hearings they said they didn’t want other Members to see how they operated…

    They also told me that if I won they would immediately bring another complaint, which they knew to be vexatious. As tyou can see they had to throw that out rapidly.

    My barrister asked if they intended to hound me into retirement, and they said Yes if they had to.

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