Alliance of UK Chiropractors’ October 2010 newsletter

“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 here] 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 [British Chiropractic Association] 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 [see p.4 for full text]. 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.”