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 which was posted all over Dublin. Peter Dixon could have used this poster in the GCC Elections scraped on to the council and has secured his place for "life" with no oposition. When I saw the poster I was reminded of my 6 months on the GCC and the plans for reforming this circus which is slowly killing the chiropractic profession. Instead of monkeys we could have Peter Dixon and Margaret Coats head on the poster not sure who to give the third spot to there are a number of possibilities. Two years ago 77% of the chiropractic profession said NO, If they dared to do a survey today I have no doubt the figure would be in the 80s. I told Peter Dixon many times De nial is not a river in Egypt.
In 2003 he ballsed up the ECU and now him and Margaret are about to put the final touches to their GCC project which puts regulation into the hands of an unelected political elite. Ernst and Singh 2008 have noted that chiropractors are twice as likely to be subjected to disciplinary actions as doctors and the rate for fraud was nine times higher. Sexual boundary transgressions were three times higher than for medical doctors. Is that because chiropractors are inherently bad people, who have twice as many practitioners before the PCC than osteopaths, or is it because the General Osteopathis Council got sensible legal advice on how to interpret their legislation. Not the advice the GCC wanted, the GCC got a different opinion which meant people like Bridget GIlmore had to appear before the PCC because her cat dropped a few hairs on the carpet and Wayne Whittingham had to appear because he told his patient to chew gum challenging the advice of a dentist. While the Government’s programme for reforming the regulatory bodies would seem like a godsend, The chiropractic profession should be very concerned about what is about to happen. Currently there should be 13 chiropractic members on the GCC council and seven lay people.
Reform means there will be six less chiropractors on the GCC and the seven that will be there will be appointed rather than elected. Peter and Margaret Coats will ensure that compliant chiropractors are appointed on to the committees and council. Everybody now knows what happens to chiropractors who rock the boat. “New GCC” is to supposed to have “faster, more transparent procedures and develop meaningful accountability to the public and the health service”. The amusing thing about this is that the UK Government is relying on Margaret and Peter to produce “New GCC”. Those two were anything but accountable during my time on the GCC. The writing was on the wall when we were told in the late 90s that we had to have a medical doctor on our regulatory body, and that only medical doctors could access if a chiropractor was physically able to practice That was only the thin end of the wedge, the GCC has charged Chiropractors for advising patients to stop taking painkillers, how long before the "New GCC" decides Ernst is right and the benefits of cervical manipulation do not out weigh the risks. . I say with confidence that time is running out for chiropractic as a separate and distinct profession in the UK. Like the Irish dont let the political elite bully you into giving up control of your profession "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State". Joseph Goebbels