Its none of Margaret Coats business how adult chiropractors get their sexual pleasures, when patients are not involved.

October 13, 2010
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image I contact Steward Lawrence on Sunday to ask how his case had been going as it was scheduled for 11 days and I was dying to know if Mike Kondraki was one of the members of the Professional Conduct Committee that was hearing Stuarts case. Graduates of AECC will remember Mike was a chiropractic tutor who had difficulty in understanding and maintaining professional boundaries around female students.

Stuart told me he was not defending himself as his defence could have ramifications for his divorce and access to his children. The police had investigated the complaint by the women he had the fling with and dismissed her accusation that Stuart had forced himself on her. Nevertheless Margaret Coats saw things differently. The GCC got the wife who is divorcing him, the mistress and a local chiropractor who does not like the way Stuart practices to make a number of allegations. Stuart did not wish to add anything to what the GCC have but on their website and what has been reported in the local media. He promised to write a statement for me to put on the blog which I received yesterday.

To Whom it may concern,

I am sending this to the four main representative bodies representing Chiropractors in the UK.

My name is Stuart Lawrence, you have no doubt read about me on the GCC website and my life in its minute detail as it has been put up on the GCCs website. At present myself, my family, my staff and my patients are having to deal with the fall out from this debacle from the local radio and newspapers, often before I even know what’s happened. This is after I offered to resign from the GCC on numerous occasions to spare the profession and myself the embarrassment of this ordeal which was investigated by the police and dismissed.

This was a private family matter” and I wanted it to remain so, even if it meant resigning from the register to avoid discussing the matter in public which is not only embarrassing and has no relevance to what I do in practice, but more importantly could have a serious consequences regarding access to my son, which is why the allegations were made in the first place.

As you can see from the correspondence I have had with the GCC  (see below) it was the GCC chief executive Margaret Coats who wanted a hearing. As I offered to resign, what possible benefit was there in having a PCC hearing when I refused to be drawn into a discussion on the matter after legal advice, because it might damage access rights to my children. The moral of the story is don’t offend your ex wife, husband, girlfriend, colleagues etc. or the GCC may get involved with the proceedings and try and turn it into a “protecting patients” matter if you have ever adjusted your wife or girlfriend

Miss A is twenty two and was  a self employed colleague (as stated by herself on the police report due to her contract) who went to an employment tribunal and stated she was employed and had been sexually discriminated against. The police threw it out for what it was, a sexual liaison between consenting adults, she had a boyfriend I had a wife we would go away for weekends and tell our partners it was work, I am not the first chiropractor to have done this and I wont be the last.

The GCC have decided to get involved with my business and the running of it and declare who is and who isn’t self employed and whether they are patients or not. Again I cant go too far into this as it is still being litigated on but suffice it to say there is much evidence that will be used in a proper court.

Then there is the chiropractor who joined the women in my life to make my life hell, well what can I say, if you are considering buying a business from another local chiropractor you better do it, because if you don’t they may well do everything they can to  stop you expanding your business into “their” area were you not to proceed with the purchase.

I then hear you ask, why am I not defending myself.  I was advised to keep the marriage and employment matters on a separate case so we can deal with the access rights and self employment matters separately. And as many BCA members now know our insurance does not cover us for most complaints that are made to the GCC.

If a BCA member does read this, be aware. Your insurance isn’t barely worth the paper its printed on, and that includes your practice insurance if you get it through the same brokers. It doesn’t cover allegations by:

1) Ex girlfriends.

2) Ex wives/husbands using the GCC for payback.

3) Inter professional disputes with chiropractor colleagues.

I would suggest you ask Richard Brown what the BCA insurance does cover, the BCA were more than happy to take my membership money in January and have been little or no help since.  I honestly hope that I get struck off, as to be suspended indefinitely would just prolong this hell that I have been put through for the GCC to amuse themselves with my sex life.

Regarding the allegations relating to recommendations of care, I stand by my recommendations, I am a good spinal health care practitioner and do not accept that anyone can say there is an optimum  number of visits to a gym for someone to be fit, as their is not a number of visits when a patient becomes healthy. I always act in the best interests of my patients and what Margaret Coats has to say about my recommendations of care is not important to me.

I hope you will pass this on, so that chiropractors hear how vulnerable they are, especially those in the BCA.

Kind regards

Stuart Lawrence DC BSc(Hons) MSc

PS Should you wish to contact me directly then my email is slawrence@baclinics.co.uk I will accept emails from anyone even ones where you don’t agree with me. You would be surprised what I have found out about the whole regulatory process recently.

From: Margaret Coats [mailto:m.coats@gcc-uk.org]
Sent: Wed 29/09/2010 08:57
To: Stuart Lawrence
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Mr Lawrence
For the avoidance of doubt, please note that I will not accept your resignation from the register while you are subject to complaint/proceedings before the Professional Conduct Committee.  As I have made clear to you on several occasions, it would not be right for me to use my powers as Registrar to frustrate the regulatory regime established by Parliament for the investigation and determination of complaints against GCC registrants.
I do appreciate how stressful it must be for you, but I trust you will understand the basis of my decision.
Yours sincerely
Margaret Coats
Chief Executive & Registrar
________________________________
From: Stuart Lawrence [mailto:slawrence@baclinics.co.uk]
Sent: 29 September 2010 06:55
To: Margaret Coats
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Margaret,
Please I am begging you.  I know it is in your power to let me resign from the GCC as I have so wished for this past year.  I have had another night of broken sleep worrying about this whole situation.  Over the past year I have had to have counselling and anti depressants to deal with the stress of the whole situation with the GCC.
I am fearful for both my family and my staff and the worry they are going through and the impending concern over the inevitable outcome of the cases.  If you want me off the register I am giving it too you on  plate with my resignation.  The profession will then be protected as I will no longer be a registered Chiropractor any more.  I can just get on with my life without having to worry what is around the corner, or when the next press release is going to go in the papers.
So Margaret, This is my formal resignation to you which I have expressed to numerous members of staff around you, which I can only hope you will accept before next week, so as to stop this whole situation from going forward and the stress to both myself my family and my staff, let alone the worry to the patients within the clinics.
Kind regards
Stuart

Stuart Lawrence BSc(Hons)MSc
Clinical Director
Body Active Clinics Ltd
slawrence@baclinics.co.uk
www.bodyactiveclinics.com
01702 207 821
Body Active Clinics Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number:04720928. Registered office: 81 Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RG.This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.
—–Original Message—–
From: Margaret Coats [mailto:m.coats@gcc-uk.org]
Sent: Tue 28/09/2010 15:58
To: Stuart Lawrence
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Mr Lawrence
With respect to your point 1, nothing is being done behind my back, since only the Registrar can make the decisions regarding removal from the register following failure to apply for retention.  On point 2, I have already made clear to you my rationale for not allowing removal from the register in certain circumstances.  I have no comment to make on the remainder of your points.
Yours sincerely
Margaret Coats
Chief Executive & Registrar
________________________________
From: Stuart Lawrence [mailto:slawrence@baclinics.co.uk]
Sent: 28 September 2010 14:09
To: Margaret Coats
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Margaret,
Please clarify.
1) You do not know what your staff are doing or saying behind your back, especially with regard to potentially serious cases?
2) Although it is in your power to allow someone to resign from the register irrespective of the situation, you “choose” not to allow that?
3) Your role is protect the public from the so called nefarious activities of registered chiropractors?
4) If a chiropractor asks to come off the register and you allow it, they are no longer a registered Chiropractor?
5) If they were to commit some heinous act after they had come off the register it would no longer concern the GCC as they are not a registered Chiropractor?
4) If someone asks to come off the register, ie they choose not to be a registered chiropractor, you will continue a case against them, as it is in the public interest, and to protect the public from a registered chiropractor?
Kind regards
Stuart

Stuart Lawrence BSc(Hons)MSc
Clinical Director
Body Active Clinics Ltd
slawrence@baclinics.co.uk
www.bodyactiveclinics.com
01702 207 821
Body Active Clinics Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number:04720928. Registered office: 81 Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RG.This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.
—–Original Message—–
From: Margaret Coats [mailto:m.coats@gcc-uk.org]
Sent: Tue 28/09/2010 10:03
To: Stuart Lawrence
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Mr Lawrence
I am not able to confirm that you spoke to Mr Button in the terms you describe.  But any such conversation would have been irrelevant, given that I never remove from the register any chiropractor who has a complaint outstanding against them.
Yours sincerely
Margaret Coats
Chief Executive & Registrar
________________________________
From: Stuart Lawrence [mailto:slawrence@baclinics.co.uk]
Sent: 28 September 2010 08:30
To: Margaret Coats
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Margaret,
Thank you for your email.  Again I am asking however.
Can you please confirm that I spoke to Jamie Button and said I wanted to come off the register and would hence not be paying my fees.
Kind regards
Stuart

Stuart Lawrence BSc(Hons)MSc
Clinical Director
Body Active Clinics Ltd
slawrence@baclinics.co.uk
www.bodyactiveclinics.com
01702 207 821
Body Active Clinics Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number:04720928. Registered office: 81 Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RG.This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.
—–Original Message—–
From: Margaret Coats [mailto:m.coats@gcc-uk.org]
Sent: Mon 27/09/2010 19:36
To: Stuart Lawrence
Subject: FW: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Mr Lawrence
This email correspondence has been brought to my attention by Ms Willis, because it relates to your registration status.
Please note that my letters to you of 30 November and 14 December 2009 are standard letters that were sent to all registrants against whom there was a complaint outstanding and who had failed to complete an application for retention of registration.
I hope this clarifies matters for you.  Do please contact me direct if you have any further questions about this.
Yours sincerely
Margaret Coats
Chief Executive & Registrar
________________________________
From: Stuart Lawrence [mailto:slawrence@baclinics.co.uk]
Sent: 27 September 2010 14:29
To: Emma Willis
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Emma,
Please clarify:
You are admitting that I verbally asked to be removed from the register by speaking to Jamie Button, and also by my association for not paying my retention fees.  Hence the letters from the registrar to me in November and December 2009
Regards
Stuart Lawrence

Stuart Lawrence BSc(Hons)MSc
Clinical Director
Body Active Clinics Ltd
slawrence@baclinics.co.uk
www.bodyactiveclinics.com
01702 207 821
Body Active Clinics Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number:04720928. Registered office: 81 Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RG.This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.
—–Original Message—–
From: Emma Willis [mailto:e.willis@gcc-uk.org]
Sent: Mon 27/09/2010 12:43
To: Stuart Lawrence
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Mr Lawrence
I acknowledge receipt of your email. I wish to respond to two points raised:
Firstly, I confirm you remain on the Register of Chiropractors. You have been advised on at least two previous occasions that while you remain under investigation, your name would not be removed from the Register (see attached correspondence).
Having looked at your registration file, I confirm there is not a letter from your solicitor setting out your resignation from the Register. In any event, you are not able to resign from the Register while under investigation as the Registrar considers that this would frustrate the regulatory regime.
Secondly, the General Chiropractic Council has only published information on our website in accordance with our published Disclosure Policy (http://www.gcc-uk.org/files/link_file/Policies_Disclosure.pdf). A copy of this policy was first provided to you when you received formal notification of a complaint against you on 14 August 2009. This policy clearly sets out the categories of information published by the GCC and the time of publication.
Yours sincerely
Emma Willis
Executive Officer (Regulation)
General Chiropractic Council
Tel: 020 7713 5155
________________________________
From: Stuart Lawrence [mailto:slawrence@baclinics.co.uk]
Sent: 27 September 2010 10:13
To: Emma Willis
Subject: RE: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Emma,
Please feel free to continue with the hearing.  I will not be in attendance either way.
I Have emailed kate Steel regarding what I believe is continued harassment, of a member of the public, namely me, after my solicitor sent my resignation in I and spoke to Jamie Button last year.
This is in relation to the change to registration fees made my the GCC to the privy council.
I will construe any further correspondence (other than to hear the cases have been dropped against me and an apology for publishing my personal life on the internet) from the GCC along these lines.
Kind regards
Stuart Lawrence

Stuart Lawrence BSc(Hons)MSc
Clinical Director
Body Active Clinics Ltd
slawrence@baclinics.co.uk
www.bodyactiveclinics.com
01702 207 821
Body Active Clinics Ltd is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number:04720928. Registered office: 81 Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RG.This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed.  If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the company. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email.
—–Original Message—–
From: Emma Willis [mailto:e.willis@gcc-uk.org]
Sent: Mon 27/09/2010 09:38
To: Stuart Lawrence
Subject: URGENT – Correspondence for your immediate attention
Dear Mr Lawrence
Please see attached a copy of a letter, posted to you today. This matter requires your immediate attention.
Yours sincerely
Emma Willis
Executive Officer (Regulation)
General Chiropractic Council
Tel: 020 7713 5155

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  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    Registerd chiropractors dont have to give 17.5% of their incom to the VAT man and it is going up to 20%. In recent months I have been contacted by many chiropractors asking about my experience off the register. Personally 20% for peace of mind is well worth it.When Coats and Dixon go I may go back, there will be nothing to blog about.

  • CDC

    If 80%+ are unsatisfied with the BCA/GCC why don´t they just leave?

  • Garland Glenn

    I’ll have a look for it. I have it but we moved the clinic in Feb and I’ll need to find it.

    I’m also all in favor of registration. We have several States where they’ve been doing it for over 100 years. They’ve had less controversey in 100 years than the GCC has had in a month. There are many areas where the US screws up but one thing we did learn way back was to try and not put too much power in the hands of one person(or in this case two). You’d think something could be learned from that. Like HOW TO DO IT!

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    Paul this is the link to Garland s story http://www.chiropracticlive.com/?p=118 the pdf of the letter from South Carolina Board did not transfer when I moved the blog to word press, If Garland sends it I will put it up again.

    Le sauc…..I have just seen the minutes from the BCAs AGM and I am encouraged by the stance they are taken. Like most chiropractors they are not against regulation its just the way Coats and Dixon does it which appals them.

  • le saucisson chocolat

    so the members of the BCA have a majority vote of no confidence in the GCC … what will the BCA do now ?

  • Paul

    I do hope Stuart Lawrence brings the GCC to court.

    Glenn can you post this reprimand from the South Carolina Chiropractic Board of Examiners please?

  • Garland Glenn

    While I don’t know the details of this case in particular, I can identify with being framed by a “college” for refusing to buy his practice. The details of my situation are somewhere here on Richard’s site but in summary, I refused to buy a colleges practice when he was unable to show his accounts and records supporting the turnover he claimed. In return he and, I’m told, his gay lover Greg Price fabricated business cards, letterheads etc. and then used those to bring a case against me. I even have to this day the correspondence between Price and the ASA in which Price set me up. Even though I had moved back to the US, the proceedings continued. After the whole affair was over the State of South Carolina by way of the Chiropractic Board of Examiners in reviewing the case stated that, in their opinion, there “was no case to answer” and issued a reprimand of the GCC. Here’s a Chiropractic regulatory body with 80 years more experience than the “still wet behind the ears” GCC, having no problem in seeing the ridiculousness of my situation. Only arrogance leads these people to ignore the wisdom to be found in those more experienced than themselves. For no case to answer I was suspended for 18 months. On top of this when it looked as though we would be moving back to the UK, I applied to rejoin the BCA and was refused being told that in their opinion “I didn’t appreciate the seriousness of my offense”. OH yes I do. The seriousness is that reason rarely prevails when egos and ignorance are at issue.

    I can take solace in the universal fact that Karma is a bitch and I wouldn’t want to be any of these idiots when the brown matter hits the twirling blade.

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