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Published Date: 28 January 2010
The doctor at the centre of the MMR controversy "failed in his duties as a responsible consultant" and went against the interests of children in his care, a disciplinary panel ruled today.
Dr Andrew Wakefield also acted dishonestly and was misleading and irresponsible in the way he described research which was later published in The Lancet medical journal, the General Medical Council (GMC) said.

In the late 1990s, Dr Wakefield and two other doctors said they believed they had uncovered a link between the MMR jab, bowel disease and autism.

The research sparked a massive drop in the number of children given the triple jab for measles, mumps and rubella.

Dr Wakefield was absent from today's hearing, which has sat for 148 days over a two-and-a-half-year period.

Thirty-six witnesses gave evidence at the hearing, which has reportedly cost more than £1 million.

Today, parents who believe their children were damaged by the MMR jab heckled the GMC panel of experts as they delivered their findings.

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  • Last Updated: 28 January 2010 3:43 PM
  • Source: n/a
  • Location: Leeds
 
 
 


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