GMC FINDING ON FACT – 28 JAN 2010
DR WAKEFIELD AND PROFESSORS MURCH AND WALKER-SMITH
A STATEMENT FROM PARENTS OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN
TREATED BY THE THREE DOCTORS
The GMC was WRONG to find the doctors guilty on the findings
of fact when no parent or patient was a complainant in this fitness to practice
hearing. The Panel has chosen the facts it wants, and rejected those it doesn’t
want, to find the doctors guilty on fact – facts that go back 16 years.
Parents heard the doctors put up a robust defence. Documents and evidence
produced by the doctors showed
- the 1995 ethics committee letter granting approval for the Lancet
research was produced
- the research followed the terms of the approval given
- the Lancet editor knew that Wakefield was doing a separate legal aided
- all the children were on the autistic spectrum
- the children were recruited as described in the Lancet paper
- the use of invasive interventions – colonoscopies, etc – was clinically
- no child was harmed; no parent refused consent; no parent complained
However, the GMC chose to ignore the 1995 ethical approval and substitute a
1996 approval, allowing them to reach the findings they did – a blatant
disregard for justice. They also insisted that ‘pervasive developmental
disorder’ was not the same as autism spectrum disorders which of course it is;
and that only children who had had the measles or measles/rubella vaccine should
have been admitted onto the project, not those who had had the MMR. The hearing
moved the goalposts so that the doctors had no chance of overturning the serious
charges against them.
This is the same GMC that missed Harold Shipman, the Bristol babies and
Alder Hey. We believe it has made another blunder.
Please voice your support for the doctors with the CryShame Facebook Group…
This scandalous show trial was used to mask real concerns parents have about
why their children regressed into autism following MMR. The GMC and
government engaged in a callous and diversionary tactic to end speculation
about MMR safety and ensure scientific research into autism and bowel
disease, and the role of vaccines, ended.
Parents’ requests that this research should continue fell on deaf ears. At
the same time the numbers of autistic children has risen thirty-fold since
the MMR was introduced in 1988 amidst the parents’ constant pleas for
research into why their children were damaged. What role vaccines play in
our children’s deaths (in some cases), seizures, regressive autism, bowel
disease, daily pain and disability must be investigated.
The effects of the GMC hearing are to warn off doctors from expressing
similar concerns about one size fits all vaccination policy and to ensure
that scientists won’t investigate vaccine safety. The effect is to ensure
government contracts with the large drug-makers are safeguarded and that
clauses compelling government to make good their loss of earnings should MMR
sales drastically fall are not activated. The commercial interests of the
drug-makers take priority over research into why autism has increased
The plan has been to “discredit” the doctors and ensure they are left
undefended in the media. The press have been compelled to refer to their
“discredited” work. But scientists claiming this have never fully replicated
their work; the doctors’ research remains original and significant.
Independent research into why autism has increased must be funded, without
powerful drug makers influencing the research agenda to keep share prices
high and protect their products.
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