Osteopath case dismissed at half time on allegations of Class A drug and alcohol use whilst at work.

A receptionist at an osteopathic practice who had been sacked complained to the General Osteopathic Council that the principal osteopath was treating patients whilst under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. This was clearly a very serious allegation made by a previous member of staff which if found proved would have inevitably resulted in […]

Chiropractor cleared for excessive treatment plan of 50 appointments

Chiropractor A faced allegations that he had offered an inappropriate treatment plan comprising 50 treatments over 8 months. The case also concerned allegations of breach of confidentiality and rudeness. The case was dismissed after the General Chiropractic Council’s expert concluded that a reasonable body of chiropractors would also have recommended a similar number of treatments. […]

Chiropractor cleared of using excessive force on patient

This case concerned a patient who complained that the treatment she received was too forceful and involved being “slammed” onto the treatment table. There were also allegations of inadequate history taking, diagnosis and note keeping. This kind of allegation is not uncommon in manual therapy disciplinary hearings as many patients are surprised by the speed […]

Nutritionist cleared of misconduct for recommending products “containing” lactose and gluten

Nutritionist A was represented by Jonathan Goldring, barrister, instructed by John Williams of Bankside Law before the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council who regulate various complementary healthcare practitioners including Nutritional therapists. The case concerned a patient who claimed to be lactose and glucose intolerant. The nutritionist recommended certain products, some of which the Council claimed […]

Chiropractor not guilty of misleading the public by using the prefix “Dr” on marketing material

This case concerned an allegation that Chiropractor A had misled the public into believing he had a general medical qualification by using the prefix “Dr” on various printed materials in his practice and on the practice website. The allegation specifically centred around one patient who had instigated the complaint on the basis that he personally […]

Chiropractor admonished after drink driving conviction.

A chiropractor who pleaded guilty to being almost three times over the limit for drink drinking was admonished by the General Chiropractic Council. Jonathan Goldring was instructed as the barrister by John Williams of Bankside Law to represent the client privately at the professional disciplinary hearing. Chiropractor A’s association insurance did not cover representation for […]

Osteopath cleared after GOsC drop case following disclosure requests

The General Osteopathic Council applied to the Professional Conduct Committee under Rule 19 to dismiss the case following a successful adjournment/disclosure application by the Registrant for various items of disclosure, some of which the Council deemed to be non-disclosable on public interest grounds. Rule 19 states: Where after a complaint has been referred to the […]

HCPC Investigating Committee refuse jurisdiction to hear an interim suspension application against a Psychologist

A Counselling psychologist was spared an interim suspension after the Investigating Committee of the HCPC refused to hear the case. Article 31 of the Health and Social Work Professions Order gives the investigating committee the power to impose an interim order where: “an allegation against a registered professional has been referred to the Investigating Committee, […]