MMR Row Doctor Hits Back At Conduct Claims
What the Doctor has done is not only Professionally wrong but ethically as well.He should not have made children as guinea pigs and he can not complain if he is debarred.
In this case , facts have come to light because of investigative reporting;but there are Doctors who have not touched medical Books/Journals since their qualifying examination about 15/20 years back and treat patients based on out dated or discarded practices.There are Doctors who prescribe unnecessarily and over drug patients;recommend and perform surgery when not warranted;
What of them?
As for MMR being 100% safe no body can assert it as such.hence caution is needed.
The doctor at the centre of the MMR controversy has said allegations that he failed in his duties as a responsible consultant are “unfounded and unjust”
Speaking outside the General Medical Council (GMC) offices in London and surrounded by supporters, Dr Andrew Wakefield also pledged that “science will continue in earnest”.
The GMC’s disciplinary panel of experts ruled Dr Wakefield showed a “callous disregard” for children’s suffering and abused his position of trust.
His conduct brought the medical profession “into disrepute” after he took blood samples from youngsters at his son’s birthday party in return for payments of £5.
He also acted dishonestly and was misleading and irresponsible in the way he described research later published in The Lancet medical journal, the panel ruled at a hearing.
Dr Wakefield faces being struck off the medical register after the panel decided the allegations against him could amount to serious professional misconduct, which will be decided at a later date.
Parents who believe their children were damaged by the MMR jab heckled the GMC panel as its members delivered their findings.
Dr Wakefield had argued that he had been acting in the children’s best interests
His research on 12 children with bowel disorders and autism was published in The Lancet in 1998.
Although it did not make a proven link with the MMR vaccine, Dr Wakefield subsequently warned parents to have single jabs against measles, mumps and rubella. The claim has been widely discredited.
Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer, whose investigations sparked the inquiry, told Sky News that the GMC had to act.
But Rochelle Poulter, whose son Matthew was involved in the study, said Andrew Wakefield was a compassionate doctor.
Matthew had been soiling himself up to seven times a day, but his symptoms improved after being diagnosed and treated by Dr Wakefield.
“If I did not feel they were acting in his best interests I would not have let them investigate him in the first place,” she said.
“Sometimes you have to be a bit self-sacrificing to improve things, not just your own child, but for other children too.”
The MMR scare led to a sharp drop in the number of children having the jab. Although uptake has risen as safety fears recede, more than 1200 children last year developed measles.
Dr Helen Bedford, lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, said: “Parents should be reassured that there is a large body of good scientific evidence which shows MMR is not linked to autism and bowel disease.”