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Freelance contributors

Adrian O'Dowd

Adrian O’Dowd works as a freelance medical journalist, writer, editor, and press officer. In this capacity, he has been paid, and continues to be paid, by a wide range of organisations for providing these skills on a professional basis. These include: NHS organisations including the Patient Safety Research Portfolio, the National Institute for Health Research SDO Programme, Department of Health’s Race for Health Programme, and others; publishers, including the BMJ group, Emap Inform (Health Service Journal, Nursing Times and Local Government Chronicle), The Guardian newspaper, RCN Publishing Company, Beechwood House Publishing (OnMedica website), and others; professional organisations, including the NHS Confederation, NHS Employers, The King’s Fund, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS), Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), and others; and public/private partnership information agency Dr Foster Intelligence and others. He has no stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical or healthcare companies.

Bob Roehr

Bob Roehr is a semi-retired independent biomedical journalist who writes for a variety of trade and consumer publications. He also writes HIV education and training materials for a large group of community-based organizations coordinated by Fenway Health in Boston. He has no recent compensation or investment ties to biomedical, insurance, or health delivery companies, though he does receive modest dividends from a technology stock (IBM) that has a health division, which was inherited from family.

Last updated March 2019

Bryan Christie

Bryan Christie works as a freelance medical journalist, editor, and media consultant. He has been commissioned to do work in this capacity for a number of organisations. These include various departments of the Scottish Government; NHS Education for Scotland; NHS Quality Improvement Scotland; the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland; the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling; and the British Medical Association in Scotland. He has no stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical or healthcare companies, however he invests in a personal pension, which may invest in these types of companies.

Clare Dyer

Competing interests

1) Have you in the past five years accepted the following from an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter?

a) Reimbursement for attending a symposium?
No
b) A fee for speaking?
No
c) A fee for organising education?
>No
d) Funds for research?
No
e) Funds for a member of staff?
No
f) Fees for consulting?
No

2) Have you in the past five years been employed by an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter?
No

3) Do you hold any stocks or shares in an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter?
No

4) Have you acted as an expert witness on the subject of your study, review, editorial, or letter?
No

5) Do you have any other competing financial interests? If so, please specify.

No

Clare Gerada

Competing interests
I am a former chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a partner of the Hurley Group, and shareholder of eConsult. I am also a non-executive director at University College London Hospitals and a member of the General Medical Council’s independent inquiry on gross negligence manslaughter.

David Oliver

In addition to being a full time NHS consultant, David Oliver is a visiting fellow at the King's Fund, visiting professor at City University London, president of the British Geriatrics Society, and clinical vice president of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He has never taken money for private practice, paid consultancy, or speakers fees. He does receive a freelance columnist fee for "Acute Perspective," but the views expressed are his own, and no organisation with which he is affiliated has any control over the content of his columns.

Competing interests
I have read and understood BMJ policy on declaration of interests and have no relevant interests to declare.

Ganapati Mudur

Helen Salisbury

Competing interests
I am a GP partner, I teach medical students at Oxford University and St Anne’s College, Oxford, and I answer readers’ medical problems for Take A Break magazine. I am also a member of the National Health Action Party and serve on its national executive committee.

Jacqui Wise

Jacqui Thornton works as a freelance health journalist for newspapers, websites and medical publications. She is also a visiting lecturer at City University London, teaching health and science journalism to MA students. She has received travel and accommodation expenses to enable her to report internationally, such as a media scholarship to the AIDS conference in Durban in 2016, and to the Union Lung conference in 2017. She also works as a writer, moderator, communications trainer and speaker. In this capacity, she has been paid by a wide range of organisations for providing these skills on a professional basis. These include NHS trusts; the General Medical Council; pharmaceutical companies, including Ipsen and BMS and others; PR/communications agencies; and charities/NGOs including the Disasters Emergency Committee and Care International UK. She is a director of Jacqui Thornton Communications Limited, the company name under which she provides writing and communications services.

Last updated March 2019

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Jeanne Lenzer

Jeanne Lenzer is associate editor at The BMJ, an independent journalist and a former senior clinical policy analyst for The Institute of Family Health, New York. In these capacities and as an occasional medical editor, she has been paid by many outlets, such as The BMJ, New York Times Magazine, Discover, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, USA Today, Newsweek Japan, The Independent on Sunday, Slate, Huffington Post, American College of Emergency Physicians’ ACEP News, Harvard’s InteliHealth, and John Snow, Inc. She has received speaker’s fees and travel expenses from academic and professional physician groups and journalism groups. She does not accept pay or gratuities from drug or device makers, health insurance companies, or attorneys. Over a decade ago, she was paid by the New York State Office of Professions for case reviews related to physician assistant practice and once by an attorney to review a PA’s duty of care related to a lawsuit. She does not have any known investments in pharma or device makers, or insurers, but does have a small retirement fund through TIAA-CREF, a fund for academics and teachers.

Last updated March 2019

Margaret McCartney

Competing interests
I have read and understood BMJ policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: I’m an NHS GP partner, with income partly dependent on Quality and Outcomes Framework points. I’ve written two books and earn from broadcast and written freelance journalism. I’m an unpaid patron of Healthwatch. I make a monthly donation to Keep Our NHS Public. I’m a member of Medact. I’m occasionally paid for time, travel, and accommodation to give talks or have locum fees paid to allow me to give talks but never for any drug or public relations company. I was elected to the national council of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2013 and am chair of its standing group on overdiagnosis. I invested a small amount of money in a social enterprise, Who Made Your Pants?, which went into receivership in 2015.

Michael Cross

Michael Cross is a freelance journalist, editor, and lecturer. In this capacity, he has been paid, and continues to be paid, by a range of organisations for providing these skills on a professional basis. These include: publishers, including the BMJ group, Guardian Media, the Daily Telegraph and others; professional organisations, including the Law Society and National Association of Data Protection Managers, and companies including Deloitte LLP and Microsoft. He contributes a regular column to a healthcare website published by Microsoft. He owns no stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical, IT, or healthcare companies, however he invests in a personal pension, which may invest in these types of companies. He is managing director of Michael Cross Limited, the company name under which he provides writing services. He publishes a regularly updated declaration of interests at www.michaelcrossjournalist.net.

Michael Day

Michael Day is a freelance journalist who covers Italy for the Independent newspaper, as well as writing on health and science for other newspapers and magazines. In the past he has provided consultancy services to the health PR firms Burson Marsteller, Chandler Chicco, Cohn and Wolfe, and others. He has no stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical, healthcare or PR companies.

Competing interests

1) Have you in the past five years accepted the following from an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter?

a) Reimbursement for attending a symposium?
No
b) A fee for speaking?
No
c) A fee for organising education?
No
d) Funds for research?
No
e) Funds for a member of staff?
No
f) Fees for consulting?
No

2) Have you in the past five years been employed by an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter?
No

3) Do you hold any stocks or shares in an organisation that may in any way gain or lose financially from the results of your study or the conclusions of your review, editorial, or letter?
No

4) Have you acted as an expert witness on the subject of your study, review, editorial, or letter?
No

5) Do you have any other competing financial interests? If so, please specify.

No

Nigel Hawkes

Declaration of interests June 2014
Nigel Hawkes is a freelance journalist who has been paid by a number of organisations for providing articles, reports or commentaries on a range of subjects not limited to healthcare. These organisations include newspapers, the BMJ group, and agencies representing companies in healthcare, but exclude any material directly related to the marketing of particular products. He does not have any stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical or healthcare company but owns a range of unit trusts which do hold such shares.

Oona Mashta

Oona Mashta is a freelance health journalist who writes for national newspapers as well as trade magazines such and Nursing Standard as well as The Advisor for smoking cessation advisors. In the past she has advised PR companies on health campaigns but not in the last three years. She has no stocks or shares in any pharmaceutical or healthcare companies, however she invests in a personal pension which may invest in these types of companies but she has no knowledge of it.

Owen Dyer

Owen Dyer is a freelance journalist who has written news and features for newspapers and for medical journals including the BMJ and Canadian Medical Association Journal. He has no health-related investments, grants, or other competing interests.

Last updated March 2019

Partha Kar

Competing interests
I am associate national clinical director for diabetes with NHS England.

Rory Watson

Susan Mayor

Susan Mayor works as a freelance medical journalist, video editorial director and presenter, and communications trainer. In this capacity, she has been paid, and continues to be paid, by a wide range of organisations for providing these skills on a professional basis. These include: NHS organisations, including NHS Choices, NHS Kidney Care, and others; publishers and medical education companies, including the BMJ group, the Lancet group, Medscape and others; professional organisations, including the British Thoracic Oncology Group, the European Society for Medical Oncology, NCEPOD and others; charities and patients’ organisations, including the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and others; pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, and others; and communications agencies, including 90Ten, Publicis, and others. She has no stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical or healthcare companies, however she invests in a personal pension, which may invest in these types of companies. She is managing director of Susan Mayor Limited, the company name under which she provides medical writing and communications services.

Last updated March 2019

Tony Sheldon

Tony Sheldon works as a freelance medical journalist and editor and author of non-fiction books on the Netherlands during the Second World War. In this capacity, he has been paid or continues to be paid, by several organisations for providing these skills on a professional basis. These include: the BMJ group, Kosmos publishers, Utrecht, and individual researchers attached to the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (Nivel), the University Medical Centre Utrecht, and the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate. He has no stock options or shares in any pharmaceutical or healthcare companies, however he invests in a personal pension, which may invest in these types of companies.

Last updated March 2019