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.

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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Its getting harder and harder for Coats and Dixon to mislead the profession. There is a paper trail, You just need to know where to look in GCC “closed” minutes.

November 25, 2010
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Its getting harder and harder for Coats and Dixon to mislead the profession. There is a paper trail, You just need to know where to look in GCC “closed” minutes.

Coats and Dixon were in Birmingham today telling the gathered chiropractors how passionate they are about chiropractic. Apparently Margaret Coats sees a chiropractor regularly, I am sorry I dont buy that, she knows so little about chiropractic and  who would be stupid enough to take on a patient, who might write to Alan Hennes...

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Being kind and friendly helps patients get better.

November 16, 2010
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Being kind and friendly helps patients get better.

As the best chiropractor in Europe I had always hoped it was because of my superior adjusting skills and now I know its because I kissed the blarney stone when I was young and like to have a good laugh with my clients. CAM bigots get very excited because homeopathy does not make any...

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PCC find 18 chiropractors not guilty of trying to mislead the public into thinking they were medical doctors. 680 to go.

November 12, 2010
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PCC find 18 chiropractors not guilty of trying to mislead the public into thinking they were medical doctors. 680 to go.

The results of the first 18 Professional Conduct Committee Hearings have been posted on the GCC website (Below the chiropractor who talked to his patient in his car). The Investigating Committee decided these people had a case to answer and the  the PCC looked at the complaint and dismissed them all. Only 680 to...

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If Peter Dixon cares about the chiropractic profession as he claims, he should go now and take Coats with him or risk Self Regulation for chiropractors.

November 5, 2010
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If Peter Dixon cares about the chiropractic profession as he claims, he should go now and take Coats with him or risk Self Regulation for chiropractors.

The Chiropractic associations are working on their strategy for pointing out to the General Chiropractic Council that they are failing in their statutory duty to protect the public and set standards for the chiropractic profession. It is important the associations understand this, as they can not moan about the GCC giving registrants a hard...

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The clowns at the General Chiropractic Council got it wrong on Sciatica. What a surprise!

October 22, 2010
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The clowns at the General Chiropractic Council got it wrong on Sciatica. What a surprise!

  Apparently its ok for chiropractors to say they treat sciatica. After telling the profession that chiropractors were misleading the public by claiming to help people with sciatica .According to the latest bulletin on the GCC website: “Following his review of Santilli et al Professor Bronfort considered that the level of evidence for manipulation...

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Is this the beginning of the end of Margaret Coats time as Chief executive of the General Chiropractic Council.

October 19, 2010
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Is this the beginning of the end of Margaret Coats time as Chief executive of the General Chiropractic Council.

On the 18th of September at the BCA AGM a motion was passed “that the BCA membership had no confidence in GCC’s processes, interpretation and proportionality in its regulation of the chiropractic profession”. My view was they should have named names and stated they had no confidence in Margaret Coats and Peter Dixon which...

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Revalidation; the stick the General Chiropractic Council will use to beat traditional chiropractors with

October 4, 2010
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Revalidation; the stick the General Chiropractic Council will use to beat traditional chiropractors with

  Revalidation is process which all health regulators are required to put in place to assure the public that doctors are up-to-date and complying with medical professional standards. Every five years throughout your professional life they will be this reassessment. In the paper produced by the Department of Health in November 2008 they indicated...

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Did BCA finally find its spine and tell the General Chiropractic Council, its not fit for purpose?

September 19, 2010
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Did BCA finally find its spine and tell the General Chiropractic Council, its not fit for purpose?

I have heard through the grapevine, that BCA members passed a vote of no confidence in the GCC at their AGM on Saturday, if that is the case its the beginning of the end for Coats and Dixon. Watch the rats on the GCC ship try and dump them in the coming months to...

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To Those going to AGMs in the coming weeks this is my official complaint against the General Chiropractic Council

September 16, 2010
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To Those going to AGMs in the coming weeks this is my official complaint against the General Chiropractic Council

  “The  joint statement “Working Together” http://www.gcc-uk.org/files/page_file/WorkingTogether_FINAL_16July10.pdf is rather amusing considering all that has happened in recent years. How many statements do chiropractors need before the penny drops, the GCC is not fit for purpose. The statement explains “the roles of the General Chiropractic Council,the chiropractic professional associations and the College of Chiropractors. My...

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