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The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) welcomes the publication today of the Professional Standards Authority annual review of performance 2018/19. The GCC meets 22 of the 24 Standards of Good Regulation.

The GCC meets all of the relevant standards of good regulation for its Standards and Education work. The standards the GCC did not meet related to one standard in Registration: the risk of non-registrants using the protected title of chiropractor; and one standard in Fitness to Practise (FtP): an increase in the time taken to list an interim suspension order hearing.

The Authority recognises work the GCC carried out in dealing with an unusually high workload in the period while progressing 339 advertising complaints, noting the ‘GCC took a robust and focused approach in dealing with a such a large volume of complaints, the majority of which it received in within a short space of time.’

Chief Executive and Registrar, Nick Jones, said: ‘We welcome The Authority’s report and its feedback on our work to protect the public - our core function. We have taken steps to ensure that sufficient resource is devoted to dealing with referrals of illegal practise to ensure that patients are not placed at risk by seeing unregistered practitioners. The backlog has been reduced and all new referrals are now dealt with swiftly. We also share the Authority’s concern about dealing more quickly with cases where an interim suspension order is necessary. We can do more, and will; equally we are constrained in moving more quickly by factors outside our control including a statutory rule stipulating 10 days’ notice of interim suspension hearings.’

GCC Chair Mary Chapman added: ‘The Council is grateful to the Authority for its recognition of the pressure the GCC experienced in a year with a highly unusual workload. This year the Council has been focused on implementing changes to its FtP processes to ensure they are as responsive as possible to protecting the public, within the statutory scheme. We also look forward to working with Government (following its regulatory reform proposals of summer this year) and alongside other healthcare regulators to enable a modern fitness to practise process where decisions are made more quickly, providing an early resolution for patients and registrants.’

The report is available