Struck off: Back pain specialist stands ground
A back pain
specialist is to be struck off by the General Chiropractic Council
for advertising himself as a chiropractor while suspended from the
Christian Farthing (pictured left),
a former city councillor who runs the Ideal Spine Centre at Blean,
was originally suspended for professional misconduct in 2003.
The regulatory body says he is not
allowed to call himself a chiropractor in the UK.
Now the GCC’s professional conduct
committee has ruled that he be removed from the register for "a
fundamental disregard of the regulatory process".
The committee considered a
complaint that during 2007/8, Mr Farthing had advertised his
business under "chiropractors" in the BT phonebook.
In its findings the committee
concluded: "Mr Farthing deliberately promoted himself as a
chiropractor over a substantial period, despite knowing that he was
not entitled to do so while subject of a suspension order.
"The committee considers that the
misconduct in this case is fundamentally incompatible with
continuing to be a registered chiropractor."
The hearing took place on May 13
and he will be struck off on June 11 unless he appeals.
But the former Liberal Democrat
councillor and Blean parish councillor says he will not appeal and
has been requesting his own removal from the register for some time
because he has fundamental disagreement with the way the GCC is
Many of his patients have given
testimonials that he has been able to relieve them of pain.
Mr Farthing says a recent
independent survey among chiropractors has revealed a high level of
dissatisfaction with the GCC and claimed that many others have also
removed themselves from its register.
For the full story, see
this week's Kentish Gazette
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