Doctor Who Studied Autism and MMR Vaccinations Found Guilty of Misconduct in the UK – He Now Resides in the US
Posted May 24 2010 6:47pm
He was found guilty of over 30 charges and has 28 days to appeal and can no longer practice medicine in the UK. Paying children for blood samples at a birthday party does not sound official in anyone’s book and there’s more beyond that portion of the story.
Is practicing here in the US now, that question just popped into my head here. BD
The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism has been struck off the medical register.
The General Medical Council found Dr Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct over the way he carried out his controversial research.
It follows a GMC ruling earlier this year that he had acted unethically.
Dr Andrew Wakefield's 1998 Lancet study caused vaccination rates to plummet, resulting in a rise in measles - but the findings were later discredited.
The GMC ruled in January he had acted "dishonestly and irresponsibly" in conducting his research, but under its procedures the sanctions are made at a later date.
And the panel hearing the case took exception with the way he gathered blood samples. Dr Wakefield paid children £5 for the samples at his son's birthday party.
Dr Wakefield, who is now based in the US, has 28 days to appeal the verdict.
He has consistently claimed the allegations against him were "unfounded and unjust".
As the GMC announced its sanctions, Dr Wakefield said: "Efforts to discredit and silence me through the GMC process have provided a screen to shield the government from exposure on the MMR vaccine scandal."