Now, what was that Section 60 Order all about again?
Remember the General Chiropractic Council’s Section 60 Order application to the Privy Council?
The reply I got from the GCC, when I asked what it was all about, wasn’t exactly forthcoming about the nature of the changes, despite it being somewhat wordy.
But we know now.
The GCC have recently published the agenda for their Council meeting next Tuesday, 18 August 2009. There are many interesting items up for discussion, but the first item of Chief Executive’s Report states:
1 Amendments to the Registration Rules
1.1 The General Chiropractic Council (Registration) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2009 will come into force on 1 September. A copy is attached as Appendix A to this paper. The affects [sic] are as follows
- removal of the various forms of application
- removal of the exemption from payment of the annual retention fee for registrants who are subject to investigation, proceedings or suspension
- removal of the £75 fee for change of registered address
The second effect is the interesting one. Before this order, chiropractors who were the subject of disciplinary procedures didn’t have to pay the GCC their annual registration fee of £1,000.
What this new order means is that, from 01 September 2009, all 600-odd chiropractors (see their Regulatory Report) who are currently the subject of a complaint will still have to pay their £1,000. Phew! That means the GCC not have to suffer a drop of £600,000 in income.
Why was there no mention of this in their Chief Executive’s explanation of the Section 60 Order?