The Sunday Times in the UK is reporting on efforts to being criminal
charges against a doctor who claimed that the MMR vaccine caused
autism. Millions of children went unvaccinated, and now the
UK has an outbreak of measles.
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How a spurious health scare brought an old killer back
The Sunday Times
June 18, 2006
As health chiefs last week reported the worst outbreaks of measles
across Britain in 20 years, slow progress was being made in bringing to
justice the doctor who sparked the MMR scare.
At the high court in London, lawyers for the General Medical Council
(GMC) gave the first public hearing to disciplinary charges against
Andrew Wakefield, whose scientific paper published eight years ago
caused millions to shun the vaccination for fear that their children
might contract autism.
The charges against Wakefield, 50, are some of the most extensive seen.
Timothy Dutton QC told Mr Justice Silberman that the GMC, the body that
regulates doctors, was considering 10 counts of serious professional
They include publishing “inadequately founded”
research, obtaining funding “improperly” and
subjecting children to “unnecessary and invasive
investigations” without proper ethical approval.
Early next year these and other charges will be heard by the
GMC’s fitness to practise panel. Empowered to strike
Wakefield off the medical register, the hearing is expected to last two
months and will be one of the most high-profile adjudications seen…
This surely will create quite a stir. It won’t put the
controversy to rest, though, unless perhaps it can be shown that some
data were fabricated.