Dr Graham Ash is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He is a former Consultant in General Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry, and now works part-time as a tribunal member for the Ministry of Justice, England. He is the Honourary Archivist at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

This interview took place on 19 October 2020.

Issues with the audio and video quality are due to problems with the internet connection at the time of recording.


00:59 - The effect of coronavirus pandemic on working hours and practices

01:37 - Comments on availability of medicines, medical equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

03:15 - Treating patients with mental health difficulties during the pandemic

06:03 - Structure of tribunals and hearings carried out online

08:31 - Long-term mental health effects of the pandemic and lockdown

11:18 - Long-term effects of the pandemic on the NHS

13:53 - Government response and public response to the pandemic

18:56 - Personal experience of coronavirus (family and colleagues)

22:04 - Effect of the pandemic and lockdown on home-life routines

24:23 - Thoughts on wellbeing and mental health support given to medical professionals

27:18 - Views on finding information surrounding the pandemic

31:18 - Closing comments on the future of coronavirus pandemic