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Doctor who linked MMR jab to autism struck off


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Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who suggested a link between the MMR jab and Autism has been struck off the medical register for serious professional misconduct.
 


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Fantastic news!
 

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BBC News - MMR doctor struck off register

The GMC ruled in January he had acted "dishonestly and irresponsibly" in conducting his research.

The panel which made the ruling criticised Dr Wakefield in January for the invasive tests that were carried out on children against their best clinical interests.

It said Dr Wakefield, who was working at London's Royal Free Hospital as a gastroenterologist at the time, did not have the ethical approval or relevant qualifications for such tests.

After the January verdict, Dr Wakefield, who now lives in the US, said he was "extremely disappointed by the outcome" as the allegations were "unfounded and unjust".
Good news as I think his results are garbage and have preyed on the fears of less educated parents, resulting in their children being vulnerable to infection. Unfortunate it took this long.
 

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The power of the drug companies.
Nonsense. This man is guilty of gross misconduct resulting in unnecessary fears for parents towards the MMR jab.
 

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Nonsense. This man is guilty of gross misconduct resulting in unnecessary fears for parents towards the MMR jab.
Don't dignify a post like that with a reply.
 

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Right.

And the next time a medic has doubts about something he or she will think twice before speaking out.
More nonsense. The next medic who has fears he will make sure that he has assembled compelling evidence to back up his argument before creating a panic amongst parents of small children.
 
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What about that Trinity chap who gave the "evidence" backing up Wakefields absurd claims? He's a professor at the school of medicine here. Just cant think of his name (I'd probably be careful about naming him here).
 

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Doubts are fine. He passed off his doubts as fact in his Lancet report, a report that didn't follow clinical guidelines for research and has been utterly discredited in every way.

If you take the charitable stance that he genuinely believed his conclusion, then his utter incompetance is breathtaking. If you take the more negative stance that he did this for his own personal gain then he's morally culpable for the damage done to the children of parents who were sucked in by him.

Either way you strike him off.
 

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Right.

And the next time a medic has doubts about something he or she will think twice before speaking out.
He was struck off for the way he misrepresented research. If he had "doubts", he should have presented those "doubts", with suitable evidence to back them up. What he did was to make up evidence and present his views as a certainty.
 

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Where abouts was he struck off, cause he did a legger to the states 10 year ago he was struck off in UK before that
 

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He was struck off for the way he misrepresented research. If he had "doubts", he should have presented those "doubts", with suitable evidence to back them up. What he did was to make up evidence and present his views as a certainty.
He was also working for the company that created the the MMR Jab too! Very dangerous man
 

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We encourage whistle blowers.
...but do you want to encourage scare-mongers?

I don't trust the medical establishment one inch , especially as they are in the pocket of the drug companies.
Which would be the better approach to dealing with that mistrust; evidence-light scare-mongering or peer-reviewed research based on sound and comprehensive evidence.

Tougher regulation is also the way to go.
 

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We encourage whistle blowers.

I don't trust the medical establishment one inch , especially as they are in the pocket of the drug companies.
Cruimh does have a point on this matter.

Whatever about the MMR jab it is vital that state authorities,not doctors,ensure that the public are protected from any harm emanating from powerful vested commercial interests such as the larger drug companies.

I think there may be a states medicine board not sure what kind of public profile they have

http://www.imb.ie/
 

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Cruimh does have a point on this matter.

Whatever about the MMR jab it is vital that state authorities,not doctors,ensure that the public are protected from any harm emanating from powerful vested commercial interests such as the larger drug companies.

I think there may be a states medicine board not sure what kind of public profile they have

The Irish Medicines Board
Thanks TFM

Having had dealings with scientific research and drug companies I know to take "research" with a very large pinch of (low sodium ) salt!
 

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Thanks TFM

Having had dealings with scientific research and drug companies I know to take "research" with a very large pinch of (low sodium ) salt!
Dont mention it.

The Irish State Medicines boards website has not been updated since dec 9th 2009
almost 6 months ago.

When you try access their FAQ page you get nothing.

The Irish Medicines Board

There is also the Irish State Laboratory.

Welcome - The State Laboratory

I would have expected to see a link between the two institutions but found none.

This institution seems to concentrate mainly on foodstuff analysis etc.


Unlike the USA ,Irish society seem to take huge amounts on trust when it comes to safety of both prescription and non prescription drugs.

The generously funded State bodies I have given links above to seem happy
to adopt a low profile:shock:
 

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We encourage whistle blowers.

I don't trust the medical establishment one inch , especially as they are in the pocket of the drug companies.
Whistleblowing is if he was working for the MMR company, saw a memo discussing evidence of links to autism, which he went public with.

What he did was conduct his own shoddy research on a tiny sample which came up with inaccurate findings which he then defended very publicly despite the fact that those findings were discredited by everyone else.

That's not whistleblowing. It's incompetent or dishonest work. For which you get disbarred.
 

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