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MMR doctor’s actions branded “dishonest and misleading”

Andrew Wakefield, the physician whose research started the scare over a purported link between MMR vaccines and autism, “abused [his] position of trust as a medical practitioner”, according to a panel ruling on his fitness to practise as a doctor.

After a hearing that began way back in 2007, UK regulator the General Medical Council (GMC) ruled that there was enough evidence to prove a number of serious issues with Wakefield’s behaviour and that he had failed in his duties as a doctor.

“These findings, which include those of dishonesty and misleading conduct, would not be insufficient to support a finding of serious professional misconduct,” it said in a ruling released today.

In April a GMC panel will hear from both Wakefield’s legal team and the prosecuting team and decide whether the facts it has established really do amount to serious professional misconduct and, if they do, what the punishment should be.

Wakefield gained huge publicity – and later notoriety – after his research was used to support claims of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Subsequent work has disproven any such link but many parents still blame the vaccine for their children’s autism. Wakefield has immense support from these people.

Among the GMC findings was that Wakefield “caused blood to be taken from a group of children” at a party and paid each child £5 for their blood.

He was also “dishonest” and “irresponsible” in statements made about the selection of patients for a trial published in the Lancet regarding gastrointestinal disease and developmental problems, the GMC panel found. It also confirmed that he had failed to disclose his role as an advisor in a case relating to MMR – including receipt of funding from the UK Legal Aid Board – to the editor of the Lancet when he co-authored that paper. It was the publication of this paper that spurred Wakefield to suggest a link between MMR and autism.

The panel also found that the facts regarding two colleagues of Wakefield, John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch, “would not be insufficient to support a finding of serious professional misconduct”.

The GMC can ban all three from acting as doctors in the UK.


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    frank-nomustard said:

    Really quickly – regular vaccination is probably the best treatment you can give yourselves and your children insofar as it pertains to preventing a flu outbreak in your community! Done.

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    barb said:

    Wakefield’s study was flawed… it wasn’t the MMR vaccine that causes autism, it is ALL vaccines cause autism. That has been the problem with all the vaccine/autism studies they have singled out one vaccine.

    The fat woman who eats chocolates, ice cream, and cookies all day long has proven over and over again that her diet does not cause her obesity. Every six weeks she gives up a different food and her weight stays the same. This last six weeks she gave up blueberry ice cream and she didn’t lose an ounce. – It’s the same with the vaccine studies.

    The so-called peer-reviewed scientific studies are a form of brainwashing. First, by insisting that ONLY peer-reviewed studies be given credence, you eliminate all of the studies that have not been financed directly or indirectly by Big Pharma. There are many articles on the web about the sad state of published research. The studies that are done that show the dangers of drugs are either never published or twisted to imply the opposite.

    The autism rate climbed substantially when the pharmaceutical firms got freedom from any liability, created the combination vaccines, lowered the ages of children getting vaccinated, and increased the number of recommended vaccines for children from 10 to almost 60 now.

    As the number of recommended vaccines climbed, our children became sicker and sicker. Food allergies are now potentially fatal. Highly refined peanut oil is GRAS and can be used by pharmaceutical firms without being listed on the package insert. There is a trace amount of peanut protein in the oil and when injected with an adjuvant = fatal food allergy. There is a new book on the topic “The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic” by Heather Fraser. Luckily, Heather is a historian so the Medical Mafia can’t take away her credentials.

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