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Brian Deer in the Sunday Times on the GMC decisions

Posted Jan 30 2010 7:34pm

I had a strong feeling that an article by Brian Deer would appear in today’s Sunday Times. Brian Deer has followed the story of Dr. Andrew Wakefield closer than anyone, uncovering much of what has now brought the doctor one step away from being struck off the register in the U.K.. So, I was not surprised when I found ‘Callous, unethical and dishonest’: Dr Andrew Wakefield on the Sunday Times’ website.

The article describes the events as the GMC decision was read out. Brian Deer was there, Andrew Wakefield was not.

Dr. Wakefield was found guilty on multiple counts, but the most important from my perspective:

Other proven charges included nine of mistreating developmentally challenged children: causing invasive “high-risk” research to be carried out without ethical approval and against their best clinical interests.

Mr. Deer points out that this ls likely the end of Dr. Wakefield’s career as a researcher. Well, yes and no. I think his career as a mainstream researcher was over years ago. But, as a contributor (and editor) to the world of third-tier research, he appears to be moving ahead.

Based on previous public statements by Mr. Deer, I am hopeful that more articles delving into the details of the research Dr. Wakefield performed at the Royal Free Hospital are forthcoming.

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