According to General Chiropractic Council we could treat sciatica, asthma and infant colic, between October 2003 and March 2010

July 8, 2010
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Thanks to George for sending me this latest instalment from the GCC.

GCC APPROACH TO PRESENTATION OF CASES RELATED TO CLAIMS MADE ON CHIROPRACTORS’ WEBSITES

Once the GCC statutory Investigating Committee, acting on legal advice, has come to its independent decision to refer a complaint to the Professional Conduct Committee, the relevant GCC officer works with our solicitors to decide how to proceed with the presentation of the case.

In respect of the case concerned with claims made on chiropractors’ websites the GCC, in its case presentation role, has given very careful consideration to the fact that throughout the period October 2003 to March 2010 the patient information leaflet published by the GCC contained reference to sciatica, asthma and infant colic.

GCC officers have been advised that the reasonable course of action in respect of the case presentation is to accept that chiropractors were entitled to rely on information published by the regulator about these conditions.

In light of that advice, the GCC in its case presentation role will not be proceeding in respect of any claim that chiropractic can treat sciatica, asthma or infant colic as listed in the particulars and/or any schedule to an allegation.

Margeret Coates
Chief Executive & Registrar
June 2010

Margaret Coats has form with cases that are difficult to prosecute. Just because she can not prosecute colic she will look for something else to refer to the Investigating Committee before dismissing any complaints so dont hold your breath if you had cat hairs on the floor.

Remember Margaret Coats sees herself as protector of the public from dangerous chiropractors, the GCC is Frankenstein’s Monster that will destroy chiropractic in the UK

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  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    This may be the professions only chance to get rid of Margaret Coats, Dixon et al and have a regulatory body that understands its statutory duty in relation to the chiropractic profession.

    I will do a posting Monday on why chiropractors should defend themselves and have their day in court.

  • George

    @ LFMAO

    “How on earth do they imagine they are going to get the GCC’s PCC to agree to even one ‘formal hearing’ let alone 100?”

    My understanding of the PCC rules are that once the Investigating Committee (IC) has issued a formal notification of an allegation to the individual chiros, the PCC deliberate on it. It is extremely rare, I believe, for the PCC to not act on a notification of the IC.

    The case will then, automatically, go forward to a formal hearing. In certain cases, the PCC can issue a form, to the chiro, to waive their rights to a formal hearing and instead be dealt with “ on papers” ie. you do not need to attend, the PCC will meet in private and the chiro will get a slap across the knuckles behind closed doors. But it is up to the chiro to decline a formal hearing and not the PCC’s.

    So, if 36 of the first 50 have been issued with formal notifications, then with the other 650; approx. 500 will be issued with notifications. It depends on whether how many chiros will agree to waive their rights to a formal hearing. Not the PCC’s.

    Hence, this could go on for many years as the GCC seem to be hamstrung by their own red tape.

    I may be wrong so, perhaps, Richard could clarify the situation.

  • Andy

    “…. the GCC….. has given very careful consideration to the fact that throughout the period October 2003 to March 2010 the patient information leaflet published by the GCC contained reference to sciatica, asthma and infant colic.

    More importantly this shows us how the GCC were interpreting “evidence based practice” and they (the GCC) have set a precedent of what level of evidence was required (in their opinion) to allow promotion of conditions and interpretation of the code. In many cases the level of evidence for treating conditions for which the GCC may prosecute chiropractors is significantly higher than that for asthma and colic.

    The GCC should also give this “careful consideratiion” as chiros may find themselves guilty of misconduct for using the GCCs owm approach/interpretaion of EBP and the code. If the chiros suffer a loss of reputation or financial loss as a result, they will have a reasonable case against the GCC themselves either individually or on a class action basis.

  • Barney

    “…. the GCC….. has given very careful consideration to the fact that throughout the period October 2003 to March 2010 the patient information leaflet published by the GCC contained reference to sciatica, asthma and infant colic.

    GCC officers have been advised ….. that chiropractors were entitled to rely on information published by the regulator about these conditions.”

    What an astonishing(albeit belated) promulgation from the GCC.

    However, this ruling has not been applied universally – in Warren Gage’s case, his defence presented the current (to that case) GCC leaflet to illustrate a similar point. It was ignored. (I believe the leaflet was modified after that case for that reason)

  • Paul

    it might be nice to use the GCC against the GCC

  • LFMAO

    @ George

    “Apparently they all intend to take their cases to a formal hearing, I don’t know how many days the PCC have to sit each year, but they hope to get a min. 2 day hearing and if they can get approx 100 chiros that means PCC sitting for 200 days.”

    How on earth do they imagine they are going to get the GCC’s PCC to agree to even one ‘formal hearing’ let alone 100?

    Never mind. Even without any formal hearings, I’m sure they can still wave their placards.

  • George

    Hi Richard,

    Just got off the phone to a chiro colleague of mine, he has told me that for some months now a group of about 30+ chiros have organised an unofficial action group regarding these website complaints. They have another 30+ chiros who have expressed support for this cause. They have not approached all the people involved yet as they were waiting for the IC’s deliberations.

    Apparently they all intend to take their cases to a formal hearing, I don’t know how many days the PCC have to sit each year, but they hope to get a min. 2 day hearing and if they can get approx 100 chiros that means PCC sitting for 200 days.

    Do you know how many days per year the PCC set aside for formal hearings? Even if they sit for 40 days p.a. that means 5 years worth of hearings ( not including all the other cases that come up from time to time). On the first case hearing they will organise a mass demonstration outside the offices with placards etc. and invite the press to attend. They will periodically organise smaller demonstrations for the others.

    They have been reliably informed that the GCC estimate the total cost of these cases to be £1.2 million, if all goes smoothly, which they will not let happen. The GCC has had to raise the maximum mortgage on the offices to be able to fund this. He also told me the BCA’s relationship with the GCC is frosty!

    Win or lose, they will then report the GCC to the Privvy Council for failing to protect the public and violating their own CoP.

    He says their stated aim is not to financially ruin the GCC, but to make them see sense. (Some hope heh!)

    Anyway, I’ve signed up. I know talk is cheap and this may all fizzle out, but these seem a determined lot and well organised. I suppose the GCC normally pick on an individual chiro, but this time they have 700+ who are capable of organising themselves into an effective action group.

    Keep you posted.

  • CDC

    True chiropractic will always prevail, there is a public demand of our services.

    In my eyes the good thing about all this craziness with chasing symptoms is that I got even more focused with what I think about chiropractic and what I do and say to my patients.

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