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.

Letter the Associations sent the General Chiropractic Council four months ago expressing no confidence in the regulator (a redacted version has been made public by CHRE under FOI)

February 28, 2011
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Letter the Associations sent the General Chiropractic Council four months ago expressing no confidence in the regulator (a redacted version has been made public by CHRE under FOI)

 

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“Scientist”, Stephen Hughes has “specialist” knowledge in chiropractic care of children. It is an absolute disgrace that he has been admonished by the General Chiropractic Council.

February 25, 2011
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“Scientist”, Stephen Hughes has “specialist” knowledge in chiropractic care of children. It is an absolute disgrace that he has been admonished by the General Chiropractic Council.

When I ran for a place on the General Chiropractic Council I was nominated by 5 chiropractors who had been the subject of vexatious complaints which had been thrown out by the GCC. I warned it could be you. While a member of council I warned BCA president Tony Metcalfe of the problems within...

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CHRE has told General Chiropractic Council to sort this mess out. GCC chair Peter Dixon failed to tell them he does not have the credibility to do it.

February 24, 2011
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CHRE has told General Chiropractic Council to sort this mess out. GCC chair Peter Dixon failed to tell them he does not have the credibility to do it.

CHRE has released a lot of papers under FOI, to chiropractors looking to see what has been going on behind the scenes, since the Association expressed their lack of confidence in the GCC. A number of  things stand out The CHRE is not happy with the GCC, members of the public are unhappy with...

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What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

February 20, 2011
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What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?

According to some one at the General Chiropractic Council there is no difference. I came across this discussion on mumsnet “I have also spoken to a representative of the General Chiropractic Council and asked him what the difference is. The answer? There really isn’t one. They call things different names (e.g. in chiropractic, you...

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If you are going to treat symptoms this is the British Chiropractic Associations advice on complying with ASA code. If you correct vertebral subluxations its irrelevant.

February 3, 2011
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If you are going to treat symptoms this is the British Chiropractic Associations advice on complying with ASA code. If you correct vertebral subluxations its irrelevant.

THis is the advice the BCA is giving its members this month regarding advertising and The ASA from March the ASA CAP codes will be extended to cover on line marketing. This will come as a surprise to 700 BCA members who are being charged by the GCC with Unprofessional Conduct for infringing the...

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Communication between General Chiropractic Council’s Peter Dixon and the associations after they made the case that Coats position as Registrar was untenable

January 28, 2011
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Communication between General Chiropractic Council’s Peter Dixon and the associations after they made the case that Coats position as Registrar was untenable

This correspondence has been released by the GCC under Freedom of Information. The first letter is Peter Dixons response to the meeting the GCC had with the associations in November when they outlined in detail why Margaret Coats was not a competent Registrar and the associations response which I blogged about in December.The main...

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Another example of how General Chiropractic Council wastes registrants money.

January 24, 2011
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Another example of how General Chiropractic Council wastes registrants money.

A new graduate usually starts work in August/September of the year of graduation and are expected to pay £1,250 for the full year even though they may only work two or three months of that year. Then new graduates are expected to pay another £1,000 in November for the following year. The GCC argue...

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Sooner or later the General Chiropractic Council will have to give the dogs a few bones.

January 13, 2011
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Sooner or later the General Chiropractic Council will have to give the dogs a few bones.

The “Nightingale Collaboration” is up in arms because no charges were brought against pharmacists who recommended homeopathy as a protection against malaria. Having seen the Newsnight programme I would say they have a point. However what will be interesting is when they try to make the comparison with chiropractic and the evidence debate gets...

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Any nutter can make a complaint to a regulator, its the idiots who act on vexatious complaints you have to wonder about.

January 8, 2011
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Any nutter can make a complaint to a regulator, its the idiots who act on vexatious complaints you have to wonder about.

For year people have been making vexatious cases against chiropractors. The five people who nominated me as a candidate for council all had vexatious complaints made against them that were dismissed. My favourite vexatious complaint was the one against Bridgit Gilmore because her cat left a few hairs on the floor. None of these...

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The ass keeps digging

December 13, 2010
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The ass keeps digging

Got another  letter from Peter Dixon, apparently I am infringing copyright laws using pictures of him from the GCC Newsletter and must stop. In addition I have been printing malicious gossip about Margaret Coats a  “valued employee” who he has “absolute confidence” in. Dixon States my report that Margaret Coats position is under threat,...

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