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.

Cant hear you, see you, and wont speak to you and I dont care how you voted.

June 22, 2008
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Cant hear you, see you, and wont speak to you and I dont care how you voted.

Last week in Ireland the public voted NO to the Lisbon treaty. The Irish are not anti european and we have benefitted greatly from the EU, the Irish voted NO because they are concerned that unelected autocrats have too much say in their lives . The NO view was expressed in the poster below...

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Peter Dixon will not be held accountable to former members of council

June 20, 2008
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Letter from Peter Dixon today telling me Peter has decided that the GCC will not participate in the conference on June 7th. As far as Peter is concerned the GCC provides regular updates to the profession via the “our Newsletter and website”. He goes on to say “the GCC will be running workshops across...

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BCA and GCC member David Byfield would seem to concur with Simon Singh that the BCA were making bogus claims about the efficacy of chiropractic

May 1, 2008
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BCA and GCC member David Byfield would seem to concur with Simon Singh that the BCA were making bogus claims about the efficacy of chiropractic

Many of the statements made by Simon Sing and Edzard Ernst about chiropractic in their book “Trick or treatment” could have been lifted from David Byfields report and testimony in the GCC V Jesper Jensen case in 2002. I have always believed the Jensen case was brought by the GCC in an effort to...

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How to Complain about the GCC and not upset Peter Dixon or Margaret Coats

April 3, 2008
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This is taken from the GCC website presumably written by The Chief Executive Margaret Coats. My comments  are in red. All complaints should be made in writing either by post or email and sent to the appropriate person as explained below. The postal address for complaints is: Margaret Coats 44 Wicklow Street LONDON WC1X...

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How Peter Dixon soinned my removal to the profession

March 29, 2008
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How Peter Dixon soinned my removal to the profession

I made the front page of the latest GCC Newsletter, it’s a great example of how the “Shadows” spin council information and minutes for the profession’s consumption. Hopefully this will get people signing up to the conference. BCA president Tony Medcalfe has refused an invitation to speak about his vision of statutory self regulation,...

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How the General Chiropractic Council Conducts an investigation

March 12, 2008
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How the General Chiropractic Council Conducts an investigation

Put simply I was thrown off the GCC council for calling Margaret Coats a liar, and informing the president of the BCA, Tony Metcalf, The President of the SCA Ross MacDonald and the President of the UCA Frank McBride of my thoughts on GCC due process Coats and Dixon I withdrew the allegation after...

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The GCCs Kangaroo court to remove me from council

March 5, 2008
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The statement I made to council at my hearing was 17 pages long and took about an hour to get through. Peter Dixon had threatened to restrict me to speaking about the "charges" against me at the start. I told him if there were any interruptions I would walk out and say I was...

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Peter Dixon’s plan for my removal

February 15, 2008
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Peter Dixon’s plan for my removal

Yesterday members of the General Chiropractic Council received this letter from Peter Dixon. “This is a formal notification that an extraordinary meeting of Council is to be held at 17.00 on Monday 3 March 2008 at the GCC offices. The sole item of business will be the resolution from me for the removal from...

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Department of Health plans for Regulatory Reform of GCC

July 1, 2006
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Department of Health plans for Regulatory Reform of GCC

Here is the summary of decisions – verbatim from the Dept of Health document page 10 Ministers have come to the following conclusions as a result of the review, subject to consultation. 1. Regulation of the professions should be co-ordinated with the regulation of health services; build on systems used by employers (and NHS...

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