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Old 1st November 2010, 06:31 AM   #1
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General Chiropractic Council faces 'lack of confidence' from members

Picked this up from a Tweet linking to a blog post by Le Canard Noir:

Chiropractors at War with their Regulator, the GCC

"the head of the four chiropractic associations have written to the GCC to state that their members have no confidence in their regulatory abilities"

This only related to the UK of course, but it's an interesting development.
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Old 1st November 2010, 07:00 AM   #2
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Of course they need to be careful. It is the GCC which allows them to provide their services free of VAT. Last thing chiropractors want in a recession is a 20% hike in their charges.
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Old 1st November 2010, 07:14 AM   #3
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Interesting times! All we did was give them a poke and we've stirred up a right hornet's nest!
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Old 1st November 2010, 12:03 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Worm View Post
"the head of the four chiropractic associations have written to the GCC to state that their members have no confidence in their regulatory abilities"

...and in turn, apparently the GCC hasn’t got much confidence in the NHS:
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NHS Choices
Members noted that efforts are being made to ensure that the ‘chiropractic’ content of this Department of Health website is amended in terms of current inaccuracies and misleading information. It was suggested that their attention should be drawn to the National Electronic Health Library.

See page 13 here:
http://www.gcc-uk.org/files/link_fil...0510-Open1.pdf

See if you can locate any inaccuraces or misleading information that needs to be amended on the NHS Choices website:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/chiropr.../Evidence.aspx

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Old 17th November 2010, 06:57 AM   #5
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I wonder how the Alliance of UK Chiropractors (AUKC)/British Chiropractic Association (BCA) meeting with the General Chiroproactic Council (GCC) is going today?

Some snippets from the Alliance of UK Chiropractors’ October 2010 newsletter:
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“On 17th August we met with the GCC council and presented a dossier on the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. After reviewing this document and discussions that followed at this meeting the GCC agreed that they would delete the phrase “…or health concerns” in the VSC guidance [new guidance http://tinyurl.com/3xvznvj ] and provide an explanation why it had done so…It was also agreed at this meeting that the term Subluxation would again be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – A definition will be discussed and agreed at the next Communications Advisory Group meeting on 10th December 2010…We surveyed the AUKC membership and over half of our members took the time to complete this online survey; the results are as follows:
  • 88.2% felt that chiropractic should remain drug-free and that chiropractors should not pursue prescribing rights,
  • 82.9% felt that the Vertebral Subluxation was NOT an historical concept
  • 95.4% thought that Philosophy should be taught in the Chiropractic Colleges
  • 90.5% had found that in their experience Chiropractic was effective for conditions outside those mentioned in the Bronfort Report
  • 83.9% answered NO to the question “Do you have confidence in the GCC to regulate the profession?”
The BCA approached the Alliance to work collaboratively which has culminated in a joint letter to the GCC advising them that we no longer have confidence in the ability of the GCC to regulate the profession. The Alliance and the BCA will be meeting with Council on 17th November 2010 to discuss this matter…We are proposing to form a Working Group to promote Chiropractic…[and a] petition for a responsible approach to advertising. There are limitations of RCT's, and good cohort studies should be acceptable evidence. A submission was made to the CAP Copy Team at the Advertising Standards Agency in April 2010 for a further 28 conditions not included in the Bronfort Report to be reviewed and accepted. We are still waiting for this documentation to be reviewed and assessed.”

http://images.vortala.com/chiropract...Newsletter.pdf

UK chiropractors: In the business of staying in business?
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Old 19th November 2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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UK chiropractors and their regulator, the GCC, caught out:
http://www.zenosblog.com/2010/11/whe...vidence-leads/
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Old 25th November 2010, 03:29 PM   #7
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The latest developments on this topic via two UK blogs:

The first highlights the dilemma faced by proponents of alternative medicine who wish to secure an appearance of legitimacy through self-regulation:
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Chiropractic Trade Organisations launch coordinated attack on General Chiropractic Council

A letter expressing no confidence in the General Chiropractic Council’s process, interpretation and proportionality in its regulation of the chiropractic profession has been written to the GCC. Its signatories are the chair of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and the Presidents of the British Chiropractic Association, Scottish Chiropractic Association and United Chiropractic Association.

You can download the letter here…

http://adventuresinnonsense.blogspot...ns-launch.html

And the second blog looks at ‘Traditional Chiropractic: The Strategy’ - the strategy being to label those who dare to question traditional chiropractic as a bigot or bully, with the debates in the blogosphere this week going something like this…
http://welshandgrumpy.blogspot.com/2...-strategy.html
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Old 29th November 2010, 03:43 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Blue Wode View Post
The latest developments on this topic via two UK blogs:

The first highlights the dilemma faced by proponents of alternative medicine who wish to secure an appearance of legitimacy through self-regulation:
This needs to be thoroughly read to get a real feel of the desperation...

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And the second blog looks at ‘Traditional Chiropractic: The Strategy’ - the strategy being to label those who dare to question traditional chiropractic as a bigot or bully, with the debates in the blogosphere this week going something like this…
http://welshandgrumpy.blogspot.com/2...-strategy.html
Brilliant!
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Old 5th December 2010, 04:47 AM   #9
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"Humpty Dumpty chiropractic" by the Editor of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic
http://www.fnks.org/fnks/sites/defau...iropractic.pdf

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...the time is fast approaching when chiropractic will have to decide whether it is informed by 19th century metaphysics or by 21st century science. If it chooses wrongly, then it may not be possible for all the king’s horses and all the king’s men to effect a repair.
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