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Chiropractic complaints put back several months

Both Dr* T and The Quackometer beat me to it! I got the same letter from the GCC this morning.

That wise old bird covered the points about the GCC having to employ more regulatory staff to cope with the 590 complaints they received last month (523 of which were mine, 55 were Simon’s as well as some other individual complaints).

He is right: they do seem to be taking these complaints seriously and are not — as some had predicted — just trying to weasel their way out of them. Good. That’s what a statutory regulator should be doing so they can properly protect the public.

This is an unfortunate delay in proceedings — it would be better for all concerned to have this resolved as quickly as possible. However, we’ll just need to be patient.

Can you hear me at the back?

I’m sure we all know the story of the birth of chiropractic by now. Shopkeeper, spiritualist and magnetic healing advocate, D D Palmer invented it in 1895. Harvey Lillard goes down in history as being the catalyst that made Palmer realise where his fortune and fame lay. Palmer himself tells the story (Palmer DD: “The Chiropractor’s Adjuster.” Portland Printing House Company. 1910. P. 18.), recounted on Stephen Barrett’s excellent Chirobase website:

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What procedure? (Part Two)

In response to my email to the GCC telling them about the breach of confidentiality and/or Data Protection Act, I received a prompt reply:

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The tale of the GCC and the ‘Section 60 Order’

A week or so ago, we learned that the GCC were intent on Moving the Goalposts. This was covered by Professor David Colquhoun in his post: The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) wants to waive the rules. They were applying to the Privy Council for something called a ‘Section 60 Order’. I asked the GCC what this was and why it was being done. I received the following reply a few days ago.

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Procedure? What procedure? And more backlash!

Last week, I received a letter from the GCC:

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Quacklash Backlash!

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.

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Who’s been blogging on chiroquacktic? After the ‘plethora’.

Rather than add to my ever-growing list of those blogging on the BCA vs Simon Singh case, I thought that the publication of the BCA’s ‘plethora’ yesterday was a good place to start a new list.

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Moving the goalposts (Part Two)

It’s very clear what standard of substantiation is required for claims made by chiropractors. It is in black and white in the General Chiropractic Council’s Code of Practice. Paragraph C1.6 of the CoP states that any information published by chiropractors or on their behalf, must be ‘consistent with the law and the guidance issued by the Advertising Standards Authority’ (ASA). More on this can be found in my previous post and in my complaint letter. The ASA guidance clearly says that only scientific evidence is acceptable.

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Moving the goalposts (Part One)

In yet another leaked letter (UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES BRIEFING NOTE FOR CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS 15 JUNE 2009) from the GCC, they want the Privy Council Office to expedite something called a ‘section 60 Order’:

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Email #2 from the GCC

Email #2 from the GCC, received earlier today:

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