The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism acted unethically, the official medical regulator has found.
Wakefield’s studies have been discredited repeatedly, but the anti-vax crowd still hangs on to this fear. It was just reported today that a baby in Long Island has the measles. The measles, a potentially deadly disease, is only making a comeback as a direct result of the scaremongering that followed Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s studies.
The panel 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.
The GMC also took exception with the way he gathered blood samples. Dr Wakefield paid children £5 for the samples at his son’s birthday party.
Dr Kumar said he had acted with “callous disregard for the distress and pain the children might suffer”.
He also said Dr Wakefield should have disclosed the fact that he had been paid to advise solicitors acting for parents who believed their children had been harmed by the MMR.
How many more committees, physicians or studies have to come out against not only the theory that the MMR vaccine causes autism, but that Dr. Wakefield screwed up before parents will pay attention and vaccinate their kids? Protecting children too young to get vaccinated and adults with immune system disorders and underlying health conditions by sustaining the herd immunity is crucial to avoid unnecessary disease or untimely death. Continuing to act on the lies of an unqualified, morally questionable doctor to the detriment of your community – that’s also unethical.