Regulatory Reform: GCC 2008 to present

Having recognised the need for Regulatory Reform since the Shipman Inquiry the UK Government published its white paper in February 2007. The need for “regulatory reform” was embraced by the GCC, in March 2008 thirteen of the 20 council members voted me off council for calling a member of GCC management a liar, for attempting to conceal the misdeeds of former deputy Registrar Mr Greg Price and informing the presidents of the chiropractic associations on what was going on behind the scenes at the GCC.
By the end of the year all the reformers who had been on the council had been purged, replaced by a smaller compliant non elected council of 14. Peter Dixon remained as chairman, Margaret Coats as Chief Executive. They supervised the appointment of their supporters from the previous administration. The new “reforms” meant it was no longer the responsibility of the GCC to promote chiropractic, their job was to police and set standards for which the appointed Physiotherapist Greg Pope as Chair of the GCCs education committee.

Great Article by George Monbiot in todays Guardian. He could have been writing about the General Chiropractic Council or the CHRE

March 15, 2012
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Great Article by George Monbiot in todays Guardian. He could have been writing about the General Chiropractic Council or the CHRE

The article below is from todays Guardian, Skeptics always assumed I was anti GCC because I wanted softer regulation, I am against the GCC because they are another Goverment quango not fit for purpose. Made up of people more interested in their own positions rather than performing the job they have been given.  Before...

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The function of statutory self regulation is not to protect the public, its there to protect government ministers when a profession cocks up

February 22, 2012
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You have to laugh. Questions are being asked by real sceptics about the medical regulator ten years after Shipman. Is the GMC fit for purpose? 75 allegation have been made against surgeon David Jackson from 16 different patients going back to 2006 and the GMC has not held a hearing yet. Mr Jackson has...

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If you did not have the courage to question Margaret Coats when she was chief executive of the GCC, now’s your chance to ask how much she got to go

October 21, 2011
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If you did not have the courage to question Margaret Coats when she was chief executive of the GCC, now’s your chance to ask how much she got to go

I would not want anybody to miss CAM expo this weekend at Earls Court exhibition Centre. The promo for the event states “make sure you are there for the  UK’s only dedicated event to the complementary, natural and integrated healthcare sector.  With more exhibitors, more education and more associations than ever before it’s not...

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Someone should warn these poor bastards, what they are getting by hiring Margaret Coats as Registrar

August 10, 2011
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Someone should warn these poor bastards, what they are getting by hiring Margaret Coats as Registrar

Obviously she got a glowing reference from Peter  Dixon et al as they thought she had done a great job bringing the chiropractic profession to its knees now she is to turn her attention to Alexander technique, Aromatherapy, Bowen, Hypnotherapy,Massage,Naturopathy, reflexology, etc etc and do the same to them. Like Coats, Greg Price was...

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Can chiropractors learn from FIFA

June 1, 2011
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Can chiropractors learn from FIFA

Those of you following the recent FIFA revelations may have noticed the similarities with other regulatory bodies. Peter Dixon did not do very well in the 2007 elections in England. Yet was re- appointed Chairman of the council without anyone voting for him on the  new council. When the government decided to reform the...

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The GOC tell skeptics to fuck off with their complaints. GCC send 700 to the PCC. The CHRE conclude both are doing an excellent job.

April 6, 2011
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The GOC tell skeptics to fuck off with their complaints. GCC send 700 to the PCC. The CHRE conclude both are doing an excellent job.

The CHRE have published their annual report on the health regulatory bodies they regulate. Below are the CHRE conclusions about the General Osteopathic Council way of regulating for 2010 and their entire report for the GCC. Skeptic complaints about GOC members did not get out of their Investigating committee because they could see they...

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Amit Patel’s Freedom of Information request to the CHRE.

April 5, 2011
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Amit Patel’s Freedom of Information  request to the CHRE.

Just noticed this on the “comments” and it deserves a more prominent place. Many chiropractors think Coats demise will ring in a new dawn for chiropractic in the UK. The fact is Coats operated the way she did, because she thought it was good for the Chiropractic profession, Richard Rummary tried to point out...

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Coats Retires

March 31, 2011
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Coats Retires

How weird is that, I had just posted the blog post announcing I was passing chiropracticlive over to others and I get the message that Coats has retired, has she gone on gardening leave as her interim replacement has been announced? I bet they dont lock her office and ban her from the paper shredder....

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The Department of Healths White Paper suggests they may be about to tell Coats and Dixon that their General Chiropractic Council is not fit for purpose

March 20, 2011
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The Department of Healths White Paper suggests they may be about to tell Coats and Dixon that their General Chiropractic Council is not fit for purpose

Guess which regulatory body Charges its registrants most: the GCC £1000 a year, Osteopaths charge £750 a year( £350 in the first year and £500 in year two) so when the Peter Dixon says they can not reduce charges for new graduates ( they charge them for a whole year when they are only...

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The complaint against Peter Dixon was not sent to the PCC and he was able to remain as chair of the General Chiropractic Council

March 15, 2011
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The complaint against Peter Dixon was not sent to the PCC and he was able to remain as chair of the General Chiropractic Council

Margaret Coats legal interpretation of the chiropractic act is different from Osteopaths, every complaint where there is a case to answer is supposed to be sent to the Professional Conduct Committee. There is an exception to this rule, except when someone in the chief executives office writes on the complaint “not to be sent...

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