Scotland's NHS needs a Sunshine Act to make pharma links transparent

There has long been a body of evidence that prescribing behaviour is influenced by commercial interests, but doctors find it hard to accept this

There is a longstanding joke about the lack of sunshine in Scotland.

Three years ago, I began the process of raising a petition with the Scottish parliament to urge the Scottish government to introduce a Sunshine Act.

Related: The Sunshine rule: a quick guide

There is currently no way of knowing the scale of any payment made to a UK conference speaker by a drugs company

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