The council, which is responsible for regulating the profession and has 2,400 chiropractors on its books, informs me that it has had to recruit six new members of staff to deal with a fifteenfold increase in complaints against its members – from 40 a year to 600. While it declined to comment directly on the costs inflicted by the reaction to the BCA’s actions, it is clear that a six-figure sum will be involved for the extra staffing costs alone, to which will have to be added the considerable costs of any misconduct hearings.
And it’s all thanks to the campaign supporting Simon Singh. It seems that by trying to silence Singh with their libel suit the British chiropractors sealed their own fate. 2008 and 2009 were the years the skeptical community all but crushed $cientology. Now 2010 has already brought us massive victories against the anti-vaxxers, homeopathy, and now chiropractic. It’s a good time to be a skeptic.