Hitchin osteopath removed from register for ‘claiming to treat cancer’

The osteopath cannot practise

The osteopath cannot practise - Credit: Archant

AN OSTEOPATH has been removed from a medical register after making false claims about being able to treat life threatening diseases.

Dick Wyatt, who practised in Hitchin, had made a number of claims on his LinkedIn profile and blog about his ability to treat or cure illnesses, including cancer, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease.

He also invited people to call him if the NHS could not assist.

The General Osteopathic Council’s professional conduct committee agreed last week that his behaviour breached the profession’s code of practice.

It said: “The committee’s view was that ‘his behaviour amounted to cynical attempts to prey on vulnerable and desperate people’, and that such claims damage public trust and confidence in the osteopathic profession.

“As a consequence, Mr Wyatt was found to be guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and the committee decided it was necessary to remove Mr Wyatt from the register of osteopaths in order to protect the public.”

Mr Wyatt can appeal the decision.