The Department of Healths White Paper suggests they may be about to tell Coats and Dixon that their General Chiropractic Council is not fit for purpose

March 20, 2011

SnoutsInTheTroughGuess which regulatory body Charges its registrants most: the GCC £1000 a year, Osteopaths charge £750 a year( £350 in the first year and £500 in year two) so when the Peter Dixon says they can not reduce charges for new graduates ( they charge them for a whole year when they are only on the register for four months in their first year)  ask him why the Osteopath council could help their new graduates

Guess which regulatory body  blew its budget because of the Chief Executives insistence on interpreting the Chiropractic Act in such a draconian manner rather than the way the osteopaths did it.

 The Governments White Paper Enabling Excellence Autonomy and Accountability for
Healthcare Workers,
Social Workers and
Social Care Workers was Published in February.Reading Andrew Lansleys forward (below) I could recommend they use the GCC as “poster boy” for all that is wrong with the the regulatory reforms of the last government. It is difficult to see how Coats and Dixon can justify their position, bearing in mind much of whats gone wrong with the GCC is their failure to heed the warnings. If your MP is a Tory get in tough with him/her ASAP and explain how the GCC has lost the confidence of the profession and has spent millions investigating complaints that were dismissed and had little to do with protecting the public.

Forward to the White Paper by the Minister for Health Andrew Lansley;

The Coalition Government shares the country’s trust in those who work in health and social
care. Their professionalism, skills, values and commitment are the critical underpinning for
safe, effective and respectful care in our health and social services. In England, as the NHS
White Paper, ‘Equity and Excellence’ puts improved outcomes for service users at the heart
of what the NHS does, it is essential that the regulatory arrangements for health professionals
continue to support that objective. The current system of professional regulation helps to
ensure this by setting high standards of education, training, conduct and ethics and by taking
action to remove unsuitable workers in the rare cases when things go wrong. Regulation
of healthcare workers and social workers therefore makes an important contribution to
safeguarding the public, including vulnerable children and adults.

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 initiated a series of reforms to the governance of the
health professions regulatory bodies which received cross-party support at the time. These
reforms delivered a fundamental change in the governance of the regulatory bodies ending
professional control over their governing councils and strengthening the contribution of lay

Delivering safe and effective care will continue to be the driving principle behind professional
regulation. Further, in the context of “any willing provider” being able to provide services to
the NHS in England, the role of professional regulation, providing a set of standards which
apply to all aspects of a health or social care professional’s work, whether within the NHS, a
local authority, or in a self-employed setting, will become all the more important in future, in
most sectors of care.

However, the regulatory framework is also complex, expensive and requires continuous
Government intervention to keep it up to date. More generally, reducing regulation is a
key priority for the Coalition Government. By freeing society from unnecessary laws, the
Government aims to create a better balance of responsibilities between the state, business,
civil society and individuals, and to encourage people to take greater personal responsibility
for their actions. The Government therefore believes that the approach to professional
regulation must be proportionate and effective, imposing the least cost and complexity
consistent with securing safety and confidence for patients, service users, carers and the wider
public. The current economic climate makes it all the more important to ensure that there are
no unnecessary costs in the professional regulation system.

This Command Paper therefore sets out our proposals for how the system for regulating
healthcare workers across the UK and social workers in England should be reformed to
sustain and develop the high professional standards of those practitioners and to continue
to assure the safety of those using services and the rest of the public. ‘Reducing Regulation
Made Simple’ sets out the wider Coalition Government commitment to reducing regulation
to encourage sustainable economic growth and increase personal freedom and fairness. The
reforms set out in this Command Paper will therefore give greater independence to those
who work in health care across the UK and social care in England, to their employers, and to
the health professions regulatory bodies, balanced by more effective accountability for how
they exercise that freedom. In doing so they will also provide more effective assurance of the
quality of unregulated staff.

The vast majority of healthcare workers, social workers and social care workers do not strive
to provide excellent care because they fear regulatory action if they do wrong or because they
are told to do things properly. They do so because they are caring people, who are well trained
and well motivated. They do so because they work in teams with people who share those
characteristics. They do so because the organisations they work in are well led, in touch with
professional values, and driven by a commitment to the individuals, families and communities
that they serve.

Effective regulation of healthcare workers and social workers can support and develop the
notion of professionalism by promoting self-regulation at an individual level. In the rare and
troubling circumstances when things do go wrong, the regulators can take action to prevent
or reduce the likelihood of instances of misconduct, or indeed incompetence, from being

However, it does not follow inevitably that compulsory and centralised statutory regulation
is the most effective or efficient way of ensuring high quality care. There is a wider system
for ensuring that there are adequate public safeguards in place in the health and social care
sectors. For example, in England most providers are subject to regulation by the Care Quality
Commission or Ofsted and most workers are covered by the Vetting and Barring Scheme,
which provides for the removal from the sector of workers who may pose a risk to people in
vulnerable situations.

Centralising responsibility for the complexity of managing the risk of millions of daily
interactions between staff and those using services may provide an apparently neat and tidy
central solution. It can never realistically supplant the individual, team and organisational
commitment, harnessed to local people and local communities. This is what drives the routine
and day-to-day excellence to which good professionals and good organisations are dedicated.
In a society that trusts and values its health and social care workforce, obliging more of them
to pay for regulation should be a matter of last resort.

Every day millions of health and care decisions are made by people themselves and an
increasing number of people are taking direct control over how their support needs are met
through personal budgets and direct payments in social care. Over time, with the focus on
individuals having greater choice and control over decisions about their health and wellbeing,
people will make even more decisions for themselves with support, where needed, from
appropriately trained healthcare workers, social workers and social care workers. In a system
that is truly responsive to local people, the way we assure the quality of healthcare workers,
social workers and social care workers needs to be flexible enough to adapt to changes in the
way people relate to health and social care services and to different local circumstances and
to enable innovation and improve productivity. The Government’s role is to establish a system
which enables local commissioners and employers, serving local people, to ensure the most
effective local systems for ensuring excellent care. That means that more responsibility and
accountability is placed locally.

The proposals in this document move power away from the centre and place trust in local
people, the professions that serve them and the good local leadership which enables excellent
care, whilst sustaining effective national safeguards where that is necessary. At a national
level, this paper also seeks to constrain the growth and costs of the regulatory system at a
time when health and social care professionals are facing pay constraints and sets out new
alternatives to statutory regulation which enable both the public and employers to use a wider
range of more proportionate approaches to ensure good care. It also sets out proposals to
simplify the regulatory structure in order to deliver a more flexible system offering better
value for money for both registrants and the public.

Although health professions regulation is devolved to Northern Ireland and, in respect of
some professions, to Scotland, our system of health professions regulation is currently
delivered (with the exception of pharmacy in Northern Ireland) through a UK-wide regulatory
machinery. In social care, regulation of the social care workforce is devolved to Northern
Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Coalition Government recognises the need for the system for
regulating healthcare workers and social workers to continue to be sensitive to the needs of
practitioners and those using their services in all four parts of the UK.

Detailed proposals are being actively discussed with the administrations in Northern
Ireland, Scotland and Wales in view of devolved elements with a view to reaching four
country support for all aspects of the proposals. Ministers in all four parts of the UK remain
committed to a UK-wide approach to regulation of the healthcare professions.
Given that social work and social care regulation is and will remain a fully devolved matter,
this paper makes no reference to reform of social worker regulation or social care worker
regulation in Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales. All references in this paper to social
work regulation and to regulation of the social care workforce should be read as referring to
regulation of those parts of the workforce in England only.

Andrew Lansley

Secretary of State for Health

Paragraph 3.2 is particularly interesting in the document and why I believe Coats and Dixon are stuffed, if the associations play their cards right:

 Whilst these reforms have clearly had a beneficial impact, there are two important
unresolved issues. First, the ending of the practice of most council members being
elected by registrants may have reduced the amount of scrutiny over regulatory bodies
by the professions themselves. In law, the health professions regulators are accountable to Parliament, through the Privy Council, for the exercise of their statutory duties. Each regulator is required to present to Parliament an annual report on the conduct of their business and on the efficiency and effectiveness of their fitness to practise arrangements, and the CHRE conducts
a thorough annual performance review of the regulators. However, the suggestion
has been made that, given the considerable responsibilities that the regulators have
for assuring patient and public safety, even more parliamentary scrutiny would be

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  • Richard Lanigan

    I think its only Margaret Coats who believes Zenos complaints demonstrate the need the public have for her

  • Fedup

    Fair enough, BUT if there is no case to answer there is no way the GCC should be putting that sort of stuff on the website, innocent until proven and all that. But if the only reason the suspension has lapsed is because the GCC is so busy dealing with the Zeno and Perry cases we should point out to them that their actions have prevented a regulatory body from doing its job ie. protecting the public.With a possible serious case.Which apparently is what Zeno, perry and all the other skeptics think they are doing, protecting the public. Their actions may have put the public AT RISK.

  • Richard Lanigan

    I was at college with Colin, I remember him as a very nice man. I guess this is the type of case you have a regulator for. Presumeably he has a case to answer to the GCC, whether the police have pressed charges or not. Even if the police dissmiss charges the GCC can take a different view.

    Either way I dont think we should comment on this case untill the details have been made public.

  • Fedup

    Can somebody please explain this to me.

    “The Investigating Committee imposed an interim suspension order for the maximum period available. This period has now lapsed. The registrant may resume practising as a chiropractor.

    The complaint remains under investigation by the Committee.”

    This was on the GCC website, but this was the allegation

    “The Committee has received information from West Mercia Police and Worcestershire
    County Council regarding the nature of the allegation against Mr XXXXX. The information
    reveals that Mr ++++ computers have been seized by the police and are being examined
    by them. Mr XXXX is currently subject to police bail and his daughters, who are aged 6 and
    11, are subject to Child Protection Plans in the category of sexual abuse.
    Worcestershire County Council held a meeting on 14 January 2011 and that meeting
    concluded that Mr XXXX should not be working with vulnerable children until the
    investigation has reached a conclusion. Mr XXXXX is due to return to the police station on 1
    February 2011 when a decision will be taken as to the future progress of the case. The bail
    conditions to which Mr XXXXX is subject include conditions not to have unsupervised
    contact with any child under the age of 18.”

    Is this one big cock up and Mr so and so is NOT GUILTY even though the GCC put this on their website or has the time lapsed because the GCC has been twatting about with the complaints from Zeno and Perry? and thus allowed this man to practise as a chiro again???? Which is it? If it’s the latter well done zeno and perry for allowing a real danger to the public to continue working while the GCC struggles to deal with your bullshit complaints.

  • Amit Patel

    hahah Rod.. it would be intresting see who would want to employ these quango sitters….. would you employ them…. ??? I certainly would not….. They would not last long in the real world…. I can see them all lining up at the Job Centre….there again if that happens then they would still be costing the economy….

    My local MP is well aware of the goings on… I have been keeping him informed after how I was treated back in 2007, I certainly will be going to see him soon…..

    I also have a friend of mine who is a barrister and another who is a judge ….. they too are very intrested…..

  • rod macmillan

    Yep I am doing that, seeing my MP with a huge file, time for the quango sitters to help the economy by showing us all how to set up and grow a business


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