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Varley v General Osteopathic Council (QBD) (09 June 2009)


In October 2007, Mr Varley, a registered osteopath, was convicted and sentenced in respect of an offence of incitement to supply a Class B drug. The facts supporting the conviction were that the Mr Varley had incited his osteopathy patients to join him in creating amphetamine for sale as slimming pills to members of the public. In January 2008, the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) suspended him from the Register of Osteopaths (the Register) for a period of six months. In February 2008, Mr Varley had advertised as an osteopath despite his suspension from the Register. The PCC found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and decided to remove his name from the Register. Mr Varley appealed this decision. The appeal was dismissed. In the circumstances, the sanction imposed by the PCC was both reasonable and proportionate.


  • High Court (Queen's Bench Division)
  • Wednesday, 19 August 2009