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.

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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Another health regulator putting politics before fairness.

January 21, 2011
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Another health regulator putting politics before fairness.

Rugby: Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan won a High Court battle in London today over the decision to strike him off for his part in the “Bloodgate” rugby controversy. Lawyers for the top physio accused the Health Professions Council (HPC) of unlawfully imposing a “one strike and you are out for good” approach to...

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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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The Department of Health tells an Osteopath that health regulators are only accountable to themselves.

January 12, 2011
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The Department of Health tells an Osteopath that health regulators are only accountable to themselves.

  Julia Spivack is a qualified osteopath,  a few years ago she had a vexatious complaint made against her and since has devoted much of her time  to exposing the way health regulators operate. She used all the proper channels as advocated by the chiropractic associations who have stated the have no confidence in...

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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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Unfortunately Peter Dixon and the General Chiropractic Council are 3 years and 700 complaints too late.

November 30, 2010
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Unfortunately Peter Dixon and the General Chiropractic Council are 3 years and 700 complaints too late.

  This interesting little ditty in Peter Dixons Newsletter to the profession proposing  consensual disposal of vexatious complaints(see below). This is something I was pushing for in November 2007 when I was on council, I know for a fact Dana Greene proposed a similar system a number of times during her time as a...

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