Simon Singh and the British Chiropractic Association

April 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Law, Legal Chill) (, , , , , , , )

Having co-authored a book about alternative medicine with Edzard Ernst, popular science writer Simon Singh penned an article for the Guardian about one of the alternative therapies covered in the book. The article was published at a time when chiropractic was being promoted. This newspaper article then became the subject of a complaint from the chiropractic association, the BCA. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chiropractic Dirty Tricks. What of the Repercussions?

June 29, 2009 at 1:05 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic) (, , , , , )

I was saddened to note recently the response that the blogger Zeno had, following his complaints to the General Chirorpactic Council (GCC). Detailed in full in this post, it seems that a chiropractor (or, worse, possibly even someone who is an employee of the GCC) has signed Zeno up to various catalogues and websites. Read the rest of this entry »

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GCC and the Privy Council

June 25, 2009 at 8:28 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic) (, , )

Having read on David Colquhoun’s blog that the GCC wanted to “waive the rules” regarding complaints, I noted a suggestion that those not in favour of the GCC doing so contact the Privy Council. I did so, concentrating on my opinion of the GCC’s ability to provide accurate and meaningful definitions. Since then, I have received an email – and noticed a relevant post by a chiropractic blogger. Read the rest of this entry »

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Contacting The Privy Council: GCC Moving The Goalposts

June 19, 2009 at 1:43 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic) (, , , , )

Here is my letter to the Privy Council regarding the GCC’s attempt to waive the rules: Read the rest of this entry »

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Last of The Summer Whine?

June 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I feel that I should point out, with reference to my writing that “It feels perhaps a little harsh to make a formal complaint about someone in this way” in a previous post on complaining to the GCC, that I have now seen people commenting on the problems that chiropractors may be facing and whether we sceptics are adding to their distress. Read the rest of this entry »

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GCC Failure to Clarify Code of Practice Ends in Formal Complaint

June 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I recently emailed the GCC to ask for clarification on a point that relates to my correspondence with Bassett Chiropractic Clinics, of St Albans Chiropractic Clinic, The Hertford Chiropractic Clinic, Watford Chiropractic Clinic, and Kings Langley Chiropractic Clinic (Bassett Chiropractic Clinics are members of the British Chiropractic Association – the organisation suing Simon Singh, who co-authored the excellent Trick or Treatment with Edzard Ernst). I have now made a formal complaint, the text of which follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Incompetence and The General Chiropractic Council

June 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic) (, , , )

According to a recent article in Pulse, the GCC were apparently described by the CHRE (Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) as follows: “[The GCC] takes its role seriously and aspires to, and often maintains, excellence.” Sadly, I have some examples of the GCC’s failure to maintain excellence. I shall leave the most damning example until last. (I think it’s worth the wait. But feel free to scroll down if you’re busy.) Read the rest of this entry »

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What Was The Question Again? Or: The GCC Respond To My Email

June 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I emailed the GCC to ask for clarification on a point that relates to my correspondence with Bassett Chiropractic Clinics, of St Albans Chiropractic Clinic, The Hertford Chiropractic Clinic, Watford Chiropractic Clinic, and Kings Langley Chiropractic Clinic (Bassett Chiropractic Clinics are members of the British Chiropractic Association – the organisation suing Simon Singh, who co-authored the excellent Trick or Treatment with Edzard Ernst). Here is my email, followed by their reply, and my follow-up email: Read the rest of this entry »

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