The message from the GCC is clear, adjust someone you have sex with and you could be struck off the chiropractic register.

October 15, 2010
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Stuart Lawrence faced five allegations of unprofessional conduct and was found guilty of one of those charges;  That he had a sexual relationship with a 22 year old, self employed member of staff. The lady concerned has also taken Stuart to an employment tribunal, so there is no dispute that the lady worked in the clinic . Stuart may be the worst employer that ever gave someone a P45 but that is not the question. Was she a “young” “innocent” patient who allowed herself to be abused over many months, because her career prospects might be affected??  Or a 22 year old woman who had a fling with her boss. I have to say reading the GCC description of this women one would think she was fourteen not in her twenties. I am told that when the PCC retired to deliberate their main evidence was the song by the Sonics “Dirty Old Man”

My favourite bit from the hearing, (the PCCs dileberations are not on the GCC website yet , I will put a link when it is because it makes interesting reading)  is where the GCC expert was asked if it was unprofessional of Stuart not to provide Miss A with a gown before he adjusted her in his hotel room when the were away for the weekend. The expert did not think it reasonable to have a gown at the ready when they were away for the weekend, condoms yes gown no. The police believed Stuart had consensual sex with Ms A , the PCC disagreed and found him guilty despite the fact there was no one to cooperate her claims or any physical evidence that Ms A had been assaulted over many months. Basically the PCC took Ms As word for everything she accused Stewart of, which begs the question how come the police did not  charge Stuart?

This decision is an invitation for any x girlfriend or wife to ring Margaret Coats after the relationship breaks up. Make sure you fill out your notes post orgasm as the PCC took a dim view of Stewarts failure to do so. When I was at AECC we were thought not to use fingers to do a breast exam because the patient might get the wrong idea. Now we have a girlfriend getting the wrong idea so you would be advised to use a tongue instead of fingers for sexual pleasure as  fingers could be confused with chiropractic palpation.  If you are a BCA member you need better insurance ring your old insurers MIA they cover everything for £520 a year.

The first day we arrived at the GCC and new members of council were shown around. Marc Cashley wanted to know why there was not a bench in the first aid room. Margaret Coats asked why he wanted a bench. He explained that chiropractors often adjusted each other and friends, she was genuinely shocked that we did this without taking a full history and notes. I made the point that a chiropractor working at a sports competition is just going to adjust the athlete based on a chat and physical findings and we adjust each other all the time. Coats just does not understand chiropractic and the chiropractic profession has accepted her as chief executive of the GCC for fifteen years. As Stuart states below would the GMC charge a doctor who gave a glass of water and an aspirin to a girl he had sex with. Would the HPC charge a physiotherapist who massaged a girl he picked up in a club before they had sex? I think not.

On Wednesday the GCC contacted Stuart inviting to come down for the last day of the ten day hearing to give it some credibility. They gave him one last chance to make a statement  and from the committees comments in the sanction it would appear what the wanted, was for Stuart to present himself, admit his guilt and justify their decision to suspend him last December. Then he should beg their forgiveness to allow him back on the register. This is how they worded their request;

“The Committee have concluded that it would not be appropriate to commence its deliberations not knowing whether Mr Lawrence will make any submissions or attend. The Committee has concluded that Mr Lawrence should be given an opportunity to consider the determinations in full and then decide what course to take. The Committee will recommence the hearing at 9.30am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 13 Oct 2010. It will expect to have received from Mr Lawrence an indication whether it is his intention to attend or put in written submissions by 9am tomorrow”.

Stuart declined to attend and sent the following statement:

Dear members of the professional conduct committee.

I am happy to make a statement of mitigation to you. As I stated previously I did not defend myself because my legal advice was it might prejudice my divorce case and potential access to my son, and the ensuing employment tribunal case of my former self employed sports therapist who made the complaint to the GCC.

The main point I wish to make is that as far as I was concerned Miss A was never a patient in the sense of not crossing professional boundaries.  Miss A is a 22 year old adult. She never made an appointment for treatment, she never paid for treatment. I did adjust her and noted it down as I do with my current partner who I also adjust and give advice on health care and I don’t consider her to be a patient either .

Miss A is an attractive, 22 year old. She was a fully qualified, Self Employed Contractor (as she stated on her original police statement). She was brought into the clinic to deal with the rehabilitation of patients and I was instantly attracted to her. In the light of all that has happened I would say I have learned my lesson the hard way.

Miss A is intelligent and is fully aware of the difference between treatment and sexual activity.  The police have accepted this was a consenting relationship between two adults. The only people who were harmed by the affair were Miss A’s partner and my soon to be x wife. The police conducted a thorough enquiry, they  interviewed all my staff and took forensic evidence and decided I was not a threat to the public. Nevertheless I was suspended from the Chiropractic register in December 2009 by the GCC.

Having an affair with a colleague does not make me a bad practitioner or mean I pose a risk to the public. There are many Chiropractors, medical doctors, Physiotherapists etc that have had relationships with work colleagues and communication in the context of work was accepted by the panel in relation to our facebook e-mails.

As you feel what I did  crossed the boundaries of professional behavior. I would point out that there are chiropractic members of council who married their patients and students. When I was at AECC one of the current members of the PCC was reprimanded for having an affair with the 21 year old girlfriend of the student president,  when he  was acting as  project tutor for the student president by day. This was an agenda item for the AECC academic board in the summer of 1995 and council members, the registrar and the Department of health were made aware of this fact in 2006, the fact Dr Kondraki was allowed to remain on council and was appointed to the PCC in 2009 would suggest crossing professional  boundaries is not deemed a serious offence by all members of the GCC.

It is not unusual for chiropractors to massage the neck or adjust family members or people they meet in social situations. Most chiropractors don’t view an adjustment as being dangerous or a treatment for  conditions. For example an adjustment could help improve circulation to the brain and may just make some one feel more alert because the neurological connections from the neck to the CNS. Is a GP treating his girlfriend if he buys her an aspirin at the chemist and hands one to her with a glass of water? I think not. I am sure  physiotherapists give girls they meet in clubs massages without being brought up before their regulatory bodies.

Yes I regret what has happened, I could have shown more common sense in getting involved with a colleague, however there is no evidence that I was professionally incompetent  in my practice, or posed a threat to the public. I did not  force Ms A to spend weekends away with me in hotels. I don’t believe these complaints would have been made if we had not fallen out and her boyfriend had not found out.

I am  disappointed with your decision, that I am guilty of unprofessional conduct for my relationship with Ms A and as I can never accept the fact that I acted improperly towards her, I would ask you to choose one of two sanctions, admonishment  in which case I can remove myself from the register or for you to remove me from the register. I felt the original suspension was a grave injustice and for you to prolong it serves no purpose and only wastes registrants money. The damage has been done to my reputation by the way sordid details of my personal live have been published on the GCC website and I wish now to move on with my life and practice as a spinal health care practitioner as I have done for the last 12 months.

Kind regards

Stuart Lawrence

This is how the GCC responded to this statement:.

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  • http://chirofix.com Gus Gibbon

    “Happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.” – Dale Carnegie: Writer and Lecturer

    @ Eugene – Not sure how that idea could EVER be implemented successfully…or am I just being daft and missing the sarcasm?

    I just wanted to share Dale’s thought with everyone today, as I am a MUCH happier buuny now that I do not have to give up a £1,000 of my well earned dosh in order to feed an ugly, cringe-worthy, utterly detested, parasitical, rabidly corrupt, shameful, international blight and embarrassment that is “The Wicklow Strasse Bunker”.

    I hope more people will join in the attacks on these ineffably God-awful scum that pretend to have yours (the registrants) and theirs (Joe Public’s), best interests at heart…

    The self serving, self aggrandizing and truly worthless [remember I said Coats should be liquidised and then spread on the land - for at least then she might serve SOME useful purpose] brown nosers that support her simply have their snouts in the trough…like all homo-toxins and are to be pitied/reviled – take your pick.

    I do sincerely hope more of you will vote with your conscience and wallets and refuse to sign up to another year of F.U.C.K [FEAR of UNFOUNDED COMPLAINT KNOWLEDGE]

    Namaste

  • Eugene Pearce

    @ exmcstudent.

    Podiatrists Physios Optometrists all in the same boat just with a better regulator.

    I thought my education was pretty good. If you want to whine about a lack of an NHS bursery perhaps its up to the profession to have a hard look at itself and what it can do to be integrated in the healthcare system in the UK. Look at the Swiss model perhaps.

    @ Richard the one side of the coin is a little unfair because although you argue your point robustly you have never been derogitory about my opinion, we just dont share the same opinion. But the tag line is resisting the medicalisation of chiropractic is the other side of the coin, perhaps the profession should be open to a little medicalisation (without infringing on those who dont wish to practice that way).

  • ExMcStudent

    Richard said: “but I have not come across one chiropractic college (I have visited 11 of them) that respects its students as consumers”.

    This issue I am sure will not be confined only to chiropractic colleges soon. We’re just seeing it here first. When it is the norm for all students to leave uni significantly debt ridden, higher education and the way it is delivered will have to change. Students have already demonstrated that they will not tolerate wasting their money or gambling with their futures.

    Why should students who pay for their education be treated any differently to any other consumer? Their career choices will be their second greatest expenditure after their homes. In fact it will be the first greatest expenditure because many won’t be able to afford homes.

    Providers of higher ed won’t be able to say ‘tough luck, you shouldn’t have enrolled with us’. Higher ed will have to come under the trading standards umbrella. That’s when it will get interesting.

    I believe we have to protect the quality of degrees now, before poor quality colleges jump on the private degree course bandwaggon en masse.

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    @ Ex McT There was a guy who sued AECC a few years ago. It was reported in the Times Educational Supplement. AECC is better than most chiropractic colleges but I have not come across one chiropractic college (I have visited 11 of them) that respects its students as consumers.

    @ Eugene while I have an opinion, I do not believe this blog only shows “one side of the coin”. I report what I can establish is true and try to be as objective as possible. I challenge anybody to to produce a better theoretical model for what chiropractic is/does than the subluxation model presented by Meridel Gaterman in her book, Foundations of Chiropractic.

    “They can also be successful if a small percentage sign up to stupidly lengthy and unecessary treatment plans following an indoctrination video, the remaining percentage to feel ripped off never to see a chiro again”

    Have I ever given the impression that this approach is being “successful”; for a snake oil salesman possibly but not a successful as I view chiropractic. For me a successful chiropractor is one whose clients leave his office wanting to tell others how they have been helped. They also know when they need an adjustment.

    Ole Wessung, the chiropractor I referred to above as a chiropractor who can talk the talk and walk the walk” has his latest practice in the physiotherapy unit of Skovshoved Hospital, just outside Copenhagen. Ole has never used a prepayment scheme in his life, there are no chiropractic posters on his wall, he does not give out patient information leaflets. He has a bench and his hands thats “all” he has to offer, thats how good he is and why I am so opinionated about chiropractic.

    Ole convinced me to do chiropractic, he was my mentor when I was at college, I spent a month in his clinic after I graduated observing him. I was in Copenhagen a few weeks ago and spend one morning observing and what I found fascinating was that after almost 30 years in practice he is doing the same things. Sits the patient down palpates the neck adjusts, palpates the thoracic spine adjusts, palpates the lumbar spine and pelvis and adjusts, gives them some advice if necessary. Ole had a rugby scholarship at Palmer college, he has played elite Ice Hockey so its fair to say his psycho motor skills are much better than his knowledge of whats in JMPT, thats is the key to Ole success, his skill, his speed, his hands, thats the evidence Falck http://www.falck.com/About%20Falck/Pages/AboutFalck.aspx based their industrial health model on and paid Ole a few million pounds for the Industrial Health Company he company he built up that now employs about 200 chiropractors. For those that understand Danish this is the chiropractic part http://www.falckhealthcare.dk/fhc-forside/fhc-dethelemenneske/fhc-fysikken/fhc-i-sundhedscentre/fhc-kiro-behandlingstid.htm

    People should not need to be tied into prepayment schemes to convince them that they benefit from regular chiropractic care.

  • ExMcStudent

    @Eugene Then the GCC has a duty to protect the student public, not just the patient public, does it not? It has an education committee, why isn’t that protecting students?

    GPs and Dentists do not pay for their education – they get a full NHS bursary, as far as I am aware. Education of medical and dental students is less likely to bankrupt them.

    Students spending c£50k for a degree standard education have a right to know what is truly on offer for their money.

    What a mess. And it’s all in the name of helping and caring for people. It’s not difficult to see who is getting the most care here.

  • Eugene Pearce

    @exMcStudent

    “Regulation simply hasn’t worked for chiropractic. But that won’t matter to those close to retirement who have been pimping the profession for their fat salaries because it won’t affect them”

    Well thats a very bold and sweeping statement made on a site that only wishes to show one side of the coin. I think regulation has worked. It has taken out a number of scare-care chiropractors and x-ray every patient chiro’s, and that has no doubt protected the public.

    Its setting of educational standards has been potentially resulted in fighting being at odds with the european standard, a problem the GOSC did not have to contend with.

    Then we have half the profession whining about the regulator and signing up to an ICA document that breaches GCC guidelines, and these chiro’s will no doubt whine some more should they be reported.

    The GCC are regulating a mess, and ultimately their remit is to protect the public. Maybe thats why they are over zealous. Whilst 600+ chiro’s stand accused (of which I am one) I’m not surprised they are getting a hard time from the profession. As far as I can tell so far in respect of the mass complaint they seem to be making it up as they go along to reduce beaurocracy, but I dont think I have been treated unfairly (yet). It also speaks volumes that the PCC found all the Dr. complaints no case to answer.

    “Students should not be studying for a profession that lets them down so badly. It didn’t matter so much when education was free. It’s ridiculous that you can spend £50k on a degree which is not a degree in the true sense of the word and that you can never mention that you even have that degree if you don’t subscribe to an undemocratic organisation”.

    So the same as GP’s and dentists then, should they be able to practice without any regulation?

    @ Richard

    “The problem the chiropractic profession has is so many people in positions of influence who Talk the Talk but cant walk the walk/bullshitters”.

    Richard you know as well as I that successful chiropractors are the ones where patients leave feeling better than they arrived. A combination of treatment, banter and personal connection (personal connection not to be misinterpreted). They can also be successful if a small percentage sign up to stupidly lengthy and unecessary treatment plans following an indoctrination video, the remaining percentage to feel ripped off never to see a chiro again. Which seminar are you choosing to attend?

    @ All

    Peronally no-one knows the full details of any of the PCC cases and I am not comfortable on commenting on individual cases, but it seems that the letter from the chiro, clearly gave the PCC 2 options of admonishment or removal, where other sanctions may have been the minimum appropriate to protect the public. With regards to why werent the police informed, he has done nothing illegal in criminal law, so what is the point of that comment.

    Really is this ongoing biased drivel the best we can come up with. GCC…Bad, Subluxation…Good. Prescribing Rights…Spawn of Satan’s Armpit, Wellness…Hooray,

    Its certainly far from perfect, it isnt completely broken either, but I still think the HPC would do a better and more cost effective job.

  • ExMcStudent

    Thank you Stefaan. Nothing you have said is new to me or my way of thinking.

  • http://www.chiropractorswarwick.co.uk Stefaan Vossen

    @ExMcStudent
    I don’t really know how to delicately put this to you, but I think it might help if I tried. If it doesn’t, then at least I tried and I hope you’ll forgive me if you feel I insulted you in the process.
    Sometimes people who are in power make bad decisions and make those who put them in power feel bad. Sometimes people in power do things that are wrong and make those who put them in power feel bad. But ultimately those who have the power are those who have put them in power in the first place and if they feel bad about the behaviour and choices made by those they put in power then there are really only three constructive options:
    -reject the rulers, observe if your view point is receiving support or not and then decide to take their power away in a democratic manner
    -believe in your own view point enough to set up your own movement which, because you accept that sometimes people take time to see the light, will gather momentum and numbers in the future so that you are able to reverse the power balance democratically and you are willing to invest your time and efforts in that betterment of the future
    -reject democracy (you might think it’s wrong what they did, but if the rest disagrees with you, then according to democratic rule, you’re wrong and they’re right, regardless of morality).
    I really struggled with some of the e-mail you’ve sent me. Not because of its content, but more because of the perpetual victimisation. I understand that sometimes we are victim to wrong-doings, but has it ever occurred to you that yours really is quite the catalogue? And that, dare I say it, maybe people were picking on you because of this victimisation? Don’t get me wrong, there are some assholes out there, as there are anywhere and in any profession. I met some of them. I met some of them during my education at the AECC. But most of those were simply frustrated with their own inability to be successful and projected their angst, their failures on others. All I could feel for them was pity. Not condescending pity, just pity that life wasn’t kinder to them.
    All I guess I am trying to say, badly probably, is that sometimes life is unfair and it is difficult to be happy and content until you realise that you and you alone are by and large the sole conductor of your symphony. If you are willing and able to take responsability for the sounds it produces much happiness is likely to come from it (nothing is guaranteed in this life), but do not expect to come up with a perfect master-piece first time round…
    Kind regards,
    I hope you take this in the vein it was intended
    Stefaan

  • ExMcStudent

    “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts completely.”

    Regulation simply hasn’t worked for chiropractic. But that won’t matter to those close to retirement who have been pimping the profession for their fat salaries because it won’t affect them.

    Students should not be studying for a profession that lets them down so badly. It didn’t matter so much when education was free. It’s ridiculous that you can spend £50k on a degree which is not a degree in the true sense of the word and that you can never mention that you even have that degree if you don’t subscribe to an undemocratic organisation.

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    I asked Margaret Coats many times what evidence she had that the public felt protected by the GCC. They never surveyed patients or complainants, they ignored the fact that the Chiropractic Patients Association stated they had no confidence in the GCC in 2006. The CHRE also ignored this. Margaret Coats has this evangelical belief that what she is doing is for the greater good, no doubt Mohammed Atta had the same thoughts as he drove a plane into the World Trade centre on 9/11

    Only a few months ago Coats et al was harassing a patient with threats of a £5,000 fine if she did not attend a PCC hearing. I have seen e-mails from the patient to the GCC pleading with them to “Leave me alone”

    Do I think the representations by the associations will have an affect? Unfortunately the answer is no. They have been forced into this action by their members, their priority is their own piece of turf, rather than the profession as a whole and those differences are what Coats and Dixon will exploit to survive.

    I had lunch today with a Danish chiropractor who developed a model of industrial health just over ten years ago. The Danish Association did not like the idea and forbid their members working in it. Today “Falk Health Care” has about 200 chiropractors working within the system, which accounts for 25% of chiropractic income in Denmark. Ole Wessung DC is the guy who pioneered those “London bicycles” in Denmark in the early 90s. Ole would be successful with a bench in a caravan because he is so good at what he does, not because of “evidence”.

    The problem the chiropractic profession has is so many people in positions of influence who Talk the Talk but cant walk the walk/bullshitters.

    I will only attend seminars with people who are in practice and I will not be represented by people who do not know what it is to be successful or enjoy the practice of chiropractic.

  • Paul

    unfortunately I agree – Richard any thoughts?

  • ExMcStudent

    It will be interesting to see what effect the Alliance’s protest has had on the situation. My prediction is zilch.

  • Paul

    Its this stick of protesting the public that the GCC have used to personal vendetta and damage to the profession yet no one has ever produced one document to prove any public protection.

  • ExMcStudent

    Yes, I know there are many who bleat about the problems but think the world will end if they speak up. Surely protecting people comes first, not protecting the profession.

  • Paul

    Well said Richard – ex mctstudent there are problems with wioc and aecc too not only mct (and not just academic standards)

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    When I started this back in 2005 that was the idea however when you leave people to publish anything all kinds of stuff appears and I was responsible for everything. The GCC went to the high court trying to find the identity of the anonymous members.
    http://www.chiropracticlive.com/?p=100 Some people would have you believe I want to “destroy” the chiropractic profession, because I have aired much of the professions dirty laundry. I have never believed the means are justified by the ends. Regulation should have been a good thing for the chiropractic profession but it has been used by “jobsworths” to massage their egos and been of little benefit to a group of people with amazing skills to help people.

    I am the child telling the emperor he has no clothes on, if the emperor has integrity he will realise his foolish mistake and retire. If he has no integrity he will push on regardless and ignore what is very obvious to the rest of us and hope the apathy of the people will hide the fact that the Emperor is an idiot and allow him remain on his throne.

  • ExMcStudent

    I’m horrified at the number of chironightmare stories out there. Other chiropractors do not seem to be very supportive of their peers when it comes to speaking out. What is it with this profession that members are happy to fund abuse then wonder why they are not immune from it when they are in the firing line?

    Anyone interested in forming a private support/information group somewhere, if there isn’t one already? Even if it’s anonymous it would be a start. We could have Hotmail addresses and share experiences on a private discussion group. It would make a great read if nothing else.

  • Paul

    Good stuff Gus!

  • http://chirofix.com Gus Gibbon

    I read the story of the sickening intervention against Stuart Lawrence by the truly worthless, antagonistic parasites that laughably hold sway in Wicklow Strasse with a sardonic chuckle – what a niggardly [can I still use that word...especially in a fully accepted pejorative monologue rant?) God-awful and nasty bunch of jobs-worths Coats et al are.

    Lo and behold, I then read the less-than-edifying report of what that duplicitous butt-wipe Kondraki has been up to [I am sorry that it did not register at the time, circa between 2005-2007 in which I faced 13 days of hearings incl. an Interim Suspension Order, occasioned by a patently bogus complaint from a criminal, Fay Beverley Webber from Rugby, whom I justifiably refused to treat as I had good grounds for suspecting an insurance fraud on her part]. I noted with sheer disgust and contempt that Kondraki was one of the panel members of the Professional Conduct Committee that I faced!!

    I am currently suing a local borough council for an obscene amount of money and I am pleased to say I was well represented by barrister Simon Butler against the G.C.C. Indeed, he is currently representing me, along with solicitor Paul Gardener on a `No win – no fee’ (C.F.A.) basis, such is the strength of my claim against the people responsible for closing down my healthy clinic!

    It would appear that this revelation of yet more gut-wrenchingly awful double-standards by Kondracki and Coats may well feature in an action against the General Chiropractic Council and the `Bug Blatter Beast’ herself, all in good time…No one fucks with me and gets away with it.

    Message to you, Stu: Join me and Rod when the time comes to suing the G.C.C. as we plan to do. Now papers have been issued against this other corrupt council, it won’t be long before I go after the G.C.C. next.

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    Like I said the GCC has set a precedent with vexatious cases regarding professional boundaries and invited anyone who feels scorned to complain.

    With Margaret Coats legal interpretation of the Chiropractic act all these cases will have to be referred to the PCC however without sex I would imagine the PCC will throw it out. Cost £100,000 and 2 years of the chiropractors life.

  • fed up

    Have you seen the latest GCC case? http://www.gcc-uk.org/hearings.cfm

    Correct me if i’m wrong but there doesn’t seem to be any sexual relationship mentioned in the allegations between the two, so, according to the GCC, you can’t even be a FRIEND or SOCIALISE with a patient!!! WTF

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    GCC not satisfied with striking off Stuart Lawrence have issued a Press Release, to show what a great job thery are doing. This press release begs the question if what the GCC is alleging is correct why haven’t the police arrested him?

    Press release
    For immediate use
    18 October 2010
    Chiropractor removed from GCC statutory Register:
    GCC v Lawrence
    On 15 October 2010, following a nine-day public hearing, the GCC’s Professional Conduct Committee found Hockley and Benfleet chiropractor Stuart Ashley Egerton LAWRENCE guilty of Unacceptable Professional Conduct and ordered his name to be removed from the statutory Register of Chiropractors.
    The Committee also decided that it would be in the public interest to suspend Stuart Lawrence’s registration with immediate effect.
    The Committee’s full decision and the allegations considered by the Committee can be read by visiting http://www.gcc-uk.org or by clicking here: http://www.gcc-uk.org/hearings.cfm
    Outline
    The matters found proved against Stuart Lawrence concern sexual misconduct towards Ms A, who was a junior employee and a patient.
    She was known as ‘Ms A’ throughout the hearing and gave evidence at the proceedings. Mr Lawrence chose not to attend the hearing.
    This case arose from a complaint that was made to the GCC by Ms A in September 2009. The Committee heard direct evidence from Ms A about events that took place between the Summer of 2007 and September 2009, while she was a student undertaking a work placement at Mr Lawrence’s clinic and, subsequently, when she was considering employment, and then employed, at the clinic. Ms A was a patient of Mr Lawrence.
    The Committee found that Mr Lawrence had abused his position by acting in a sexually motivated manner towards a vulnerable young woman over a prolonged period. This included inappropriate comments and touching and, on two occasions, attempting to mask his inappropriate conduct under the guise of a medical/chiropractic procedure.
    Page 1 of 4
    In reaching its decision to remove Mr Lawrence from the Register, the Committee considered there were a number of aggravating factors:

    Ms A was young and vulnerable

    Mr Lawrence was a registered healthcare professional and ought to have understood his responsibilities and the need to establish and maintain professional boundaries

    The abuse occurred on numerous occasions over a significant period

    Mr Lawrence tried to mask some of his inappropriate conduct under the guise of a genuine medical/chiropractic procedure

    Some of Mr Lawrence’s abuse of Ms A occurred at his clinic

    The matters amount to a significant abuse of Mr Lawrence’s position and he breached the trust placed in him by Ms A

    The Committee could not be satisfied that Mr Lawrence is no longer a risk to other employees or patients

    There is no evidence that Mr Lawrence has understood the consequences of his actions and their impact on Ms A
    The Committee was concerned that Mr Lawrence has yet to comprehend professional boundaries.
    Extracts from the Committee’s determination
    In announcing the Committee’s decision, the Committee Chair, Mrs Catherine Boyd, said:
    “Many of the particulars of this Allegation related to matters of a sexual nature. The Committee has also borne in mind that Mr Lawrence has not disputed that there was some sexual activity, although he has claimed that it was consensual…”
    “The Committee rejects Mr Lawrence’s claim that the relationship between Ms A and him was an ongoing consensual relationship. Even it had been, the Committee would have found that some of his conduct was indefensible bearing in mind that she was … a work placement student, a patient, and then a junior employee”.
    “The Committee considered that chiropractors must establish and maintain clear boundaries in respect of their patients. These boundaries are intended to protect patients. The Committee considered that the onus is on the chiropractor to maintain those boundaries because the relationship between chiropractor and patient is unequal. In this case the patient (who was also an employee) was vulnerable and Mr Lawrence abused the trust she placed in him and exploited her naivety”.
    “The Committee considers that Mr Lawrence’s violation of sexual boundaries represents a serious departure from the relevant professional standards. His conduct was not a single, isolated incident but carried out over a long period”.
    “The findings against Mr Lawrence are very serious. The Professional Conduct Committee does not lightly order the removal of a chiropractor’s name from the Register.
    Page 2 of 4
    “The Committee considered that allowing Mr Lawrence to continue to practise before the substantive Order [for removal] comes into force would be an unnecessary risk to the public and patients.
    Accordingly, the Committee has determined that it is necessary to impose an Interim Suspension Order in this case”.
    -ENDS-

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    I think thats a fair comment and most students who attended AECC in the early 90s would agree.

    Many think I am against regulation, no I am against inconsistent unfair regulation. Which is what I have been asking for for ten years now.

  • Paul

    “To be fair I am not suggesting for a moment that Peter, David or even Mike are Sex Predators (I will have to take remark out of your comment). I am saying I do not believe they view there partners as patients or see anything wrong with tutors crossing professional boundaries and sleeping with their students. I think its unprofessional to sleep with students or patients then again what consenting adults do is their business.”

    Agreed and I apologise for putting you in any position Richard

    wouldn’t their actions put them in the same bracket of accusation that this chap Stuart has been convicted of i.e., using the profession of chiropractic to choose and groom sexual partners?

  • Paul

    ‘What the XXXX is happening in UK?’

    I thin that just sums it all up

  • CDC

    Can´t Stuart sue for harassment? There have been no foul play? Two adults making a decision together. Police investigate and write it off. How could this possible be a problem to anyone but Stuart, the 22-year old and their partners?

    How much business have Stuart lost? How much does he stand to loose in the next five years. Sue for that, plus 100% extra for PAIN and suffering.

    What the XXXX is happening in UK?

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    To be fair I am not suggesting for a moment that Peter, David or even Mike are Sex Predators (I will have to take remark out of your comment). I am saying I do not believe they view there partners as patients or see anything wrong with tutors crossing professional boundaries and sleeping with their students. I think its unprofessional to sleep with students or patients then again what consenting adults do is their business. There must be clear guidelines and a clear definition of a”patient” rather than leaving it up to Margaret Coats and the PCC to interpret. Religious beliefs are not something PCC members need to declare however in a case like this, their religion may be very relevant in deciding on Stuart Lawrence’s behavior without guidelines.

    I also know exam marks was an issue and where the conflict of interest was a problem.

    I “heard” from a reliable source that a tutor called a girl he was seeing to give her the opportunity to change a few things in her paper to give her the extra 2% needed for a pass mark. Another tutor told me of being approached with an offer you see mine all right and I will see yours. He turned it down. Then again his girl was very bright and did not need this kind of help to pass an exam.

    I would point out this was 15 years ago, Ken Vall(AECC Principal) is a good man and I am sure he will have tightened things up.

  • Paul

    sorry for posting one after the other – why haven’t these immoral unethical medipractors been exposed for what they are?

    Peter Dixon
    GCC Head Honcho
    Ex ECU President – Dirtbag

    David Byfield
    Sacked AECC Tutor
    President WIOC Physio – Dirtbag

    Mike KockDraki
    AECC Tutor
    GCC Ethics and PCC Committee Memeber – Dirtbag

    don’t know Steve Williams but no problem with dating an ex student since its the community we are in and unless it happened whilst he could effect a plus on their final marks (as the predator Kockdraki did) – no foul

  • Paul

    sorry Richard you haven’t mentioned that this was Kockdreki’s modus operandum prior to your incident, nor asked how many female poject students he mentored he also ‘rogered’ – lots.

    However this is not to take away from this statement:

    ‘I believe he eventually married one of his students, age does that to ones libido. Council member David Byfied married one of his students, Steven Williams is currently dating a former student. GCC chairman Peter Dixons second wife told me she was a patient.’

    Has Peter Dixon been brought to book over the very same thing Stuart has?

    Did Mike Kockdraki preside over Stuart’s decision?

  • http://spinaljoint.com Richard Lanigan

    Hi Peter,
    Your question brought a smile to my face and took me back to when we started the forums on chiropractic-uk.info in 2005 and Margaret Coats deputy Greg Price became a member and posted under the pseudonym “Cognito” to spread Coats propaganda on pro and anti chiropractic websites. The wanted to tell the world how the GCC was turning “chiropractic cowboys” into a credible health care profession. Part of this strategy involved posting obscene postings about me on the chiropractic-uk forums in an attempt to defend the honour of GCC council member Mike Kondraki and the fact he had difficulty keeping his flies closed around his female students.

    I started the forums because of the lack of transparency within the profession and because I was had no doubt since 2000, http://www.chiropracticlive.com/?p=68 that the GCCs biomedical agenda would eventually destroy the profession in the UK. In the forum format website anybody could start a topic and in the first week there were all these allegations of a sexual nature about the former chairman of the GCC, I removed these stories from the forums thinking they could not possibly be true, however the chairman’s subsequent resignation and Margret Coats effort to cover up the vote of confidence in him, set off bells ringing. http://www.chiropracticlive.com/?p=91

    This brought much of the forum discussion on to “professional boundaries” etc and the discussion moved on to tutors at AECC who just did not get it. They should not have been shagging their students because there is an obvious conflict of interest. To be fair to professor Brian Kliger who was AECC Principal in the early 90s, he tried to stop it and went as fair as sacking a tutor who was featured in the News of the World after having an affair with the girlfriend of a prominent Bournemouth businessman. At the time I felt this was unfair because this was the only time this tutor had a relationship with a student and he was paying the price for tutors who were working at AECC, for no other reason than it provided a never ending source of “crumpet” for the “Alan Harpers” of this world. (The chiropractor brother of Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men)

    Mike Kondraki was on of them. In 1995 he was my final year project tutor. The guy who mentors you through the research project you have to do, to get your BSc degree. Back then Mike and I were friends. I was President of the Student Union, I was 38 and probably what the GCC would classify as a dirty old man, my girlfriend was a 22 year old Danish chiropractic student. While I was in the US on student business Mike Kondraki offered this girl some help with her chiropractic technique and took the opportunity to roger her, or in GCC parlance he gave her an internal examination, failed to provide a gown or take notes prior to adjusting her cervical spine during the course of the evening, this was to be their secret.

    When I got back she confessed everything . When one is a bald, over weight middle aged man you dont dump a beautiful young girlfriend for being naive. Kondraki was different, this was not an isolated incident so I proceeded to make his life hell. I insisted on a new project tutor, and in the light of the problems caused by Kondraki’s unprofessionalism, it was an agenda item at the AECC academic board. The board decided that it was unprofessional for tutors to have relationships with students. However this did not stop Kondraki and he managed to piss of a few other boyfriends in subsequent years, I believe he eventually married one of his students, age does that to ones libido. Council member David Byfied married one of his students, Steven Williams is currently dating a former student. GCC chairman Peter Dixons second wife told me she was a patient. I would go as far to say the partners of the majority of chiropractors are people they met at college, people who work in their clinics or former patients.

    My partner was a patient and I suspect I am one of the few who referred her to another chiropractor ( John Adam)after we started dating because history tells us what these kind of people the chiropractic police are. They love power and having control over peoples lives. They were Natzis in Germany in the 30s and 40s, they formed the apartheid regime in South Africa and no doubt they keep Mugabe in power in South Africa. They wrongfully imprisoned many Irish in the UK in the 70s & 80s and are doing the same to Muslims today. They covered up the abuse of children by priests of the catholic church for many years.

    I left AECC in 1996 and all was forgotten until Mike Kondraki was appointed onto the GCC in 2003 and was put on the Professional Conduct Committee. I wrote to him saying he was unsuitable to sit in judgment of chiropractors and would undermine the credibility of decisions the PCC made and should resign with immediate effect.

    He did not reply so I informed GCC council members. A number of council members subsequently told me the never received my letter and as we now know from Dana Greenes complaint to Peter Dixon. Margaret Coats has intercepted mail addressed to council members. http://www.chiropracticlive.com/?p=213 and that is probably what happened to my letters.

    All this came up again in 2006 in relation to the allegations about Michael Copeland Grifiths and no doubt will come up every time there is a case involving unprofessional behaviour and the GCC and this is why I have much sympathy for Stuart Lawrence. The GCC have to lead by example and the same standards must apply to council members as registrants.

  • Paul

    @Peter

    As I know it, it was common place for AECC staff to pick up students.

    Kockdraki wasn’t the only one nor was it a one off for him to try it on with another student’s girlfriend.

    Didn’t that chap who moved from AECC to McTimm college go out with a student for years?

  • AntL

    It’s a complete farce – the GCC won’t take on board that Mr L wasn’t treating her as a patient, she was self employed and she’s a grown woman making her own life choices, that no external circumstances were even considered why she chose to report him after all that time, ie he’d spurned her AND the fact Mr L was going though a divorce anyway. 2 spurned women + 1 GCC board = struck off….

  • fed up

    I wonder if the bit they didn’t read out was about Dr.K. lol

  • Peter

    Richard do you know if this is true about PCC members crossing professional boundaries

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