We handle cases where chiropractors are being investigated by their regulatory body, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
The Regulatory Process
The disciplinary process that has been adopted by the GCC is as follows:-
- Investigation - the GCC sets about gathering evidence, including taking submissions from the chiropractor who is the subject of the investigation. The matter will then be looked at by the investigating committee to determine whether the chiropractor has a case to answer. If the committee decide that they have, then the matter will be referred up to the Professional Conduct Committee or the Health Committee (whichever is approrpriate) for a hearing
- Hearing - the hearing normally takes place within 9 months of the investigating committee referring the case. The GCC is represented by a barrister or a solicitor or both, and the case is heard by a panel of 3, of which 1 will be a chiropractor. Witnesses can be called, and the chiropractor who is the subject of the investigation will be able to present evidence in their defence and make representations.
- Decision and sanctions - should the panel determine that the case against the chiropractor has been proved on the balance of probabilities, then a number of options in terms of sanctions are available. They can admonish (i.e. warn) the chiropractor. They can place restrictions/conditions on them. They can also suspend them, or even strike them off the register.
- Appeal - a chiropractor can appeal against a sanction to the High Court.
Internal Disciplinary Proceedings
We also assist and represent chiropractors where they are the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings by their employer
What To Do If Regulatory Proceedings Are Commenced Against You
Should internal disciplinary proceedings or GCC regulatory proceedings be commenced against you, then please either telephone us on 0333 301 0700, or complete the questionnaire on the top right hand side of this page.