It’s really quite simple. The GCC Code of Practice requires all chiropractors to hold the appropriate level of evidence for any claim they make. If and when a chiropractor receives a complaint about those claims, all the chiropractor has to do is send that evidence to the GCC. The GCC will no doubt then not uphold the complaint against them and they can get on with what they were doing.
If, however, a chiropractor cannot supply the appropriate level of evidence to substantiate a claim they have made, then they may be found to be in breach of CoP and will have to stop making that claim (if they haven’t already). It’s not my CoP. It’s the one that the statutory GCC put in place and the one all chiropractors signed up to and have to abide by. It’s called being professional.
I know from one comment on my blog by someone using the name ‘Chiro’, that the GCC have sent out my complaint, including full contact details, to at least one chiropractor, but I assume the rest are on their way. This is slightly odd, because I received a letter from the GCC this morning. The penultimate paragraph said:
It is of course open to you to tell us that you want us to proceed on the basis of your letter of complaint, together with the supporting documentation you have submitted. We could notify the chiropractors of your complaint using the correspondence you have submitted to date. If you would like us to do this, please do confirm this in writing.
So they’ve gone ahead without waiting for my answer. I wonder what procedure they are following?
However, it would appear one chiropractor is a bit miffed at being asked to supply evidence for the claims they have been making because someone has been trying to bombard me with spam emails and catalogues for all sorts of things. None have signed me up for a course of chiropractic, though. How do I know it’s a chiropractic whose been doing this? They used an email address that only the GCC were aware of.
So, what have I been signed up for?
There’s a dozen of so catalogues from various companies and a rather more interesting website called Kink.com. Then there’s Metacafe.com, Grattan Online Stores and, of course, the British National Party. The password they entered for one site was ‘wanker’! I wonder what all this says about his or her interests?
Of course, most sites require email confirmation when a new account is being set up, so it’s not really a problem.
Update — 23 June 2009
Thanks to whoever signed me up to the ‘holistic’ vet in Wales. The free samples of cat and dog food arrived safely and will come in very handy, but, next time, could you make it just the cat food as I don’t have any dogs?