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Andrew Wakefield sues for defamation

12th January 2012

The former doctor at the centre of the MMR-autism controversy, Andrew Wakefield, is suing the British Medical Journal and investigative journalist Brian Deer for “false and defamatory” allegations against him.

He has issued a writ against BMJ editor Fiona Godlee and Mr Deer for falsely alleging that he had manipulated and falsified data and diagnoses for his 1998 paper, published in The Lancet, which had first suggested a possible association between the vaccine and autism.

The allegations were made in the BMJ in January 2011 after Wakefield, who now lives in Texas, had been struck off for serious professional misconduct.


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Graham Bockett

Friday 13th January 2012 @ 9:01

It is about time this action was taken. Dr Wakefield's treatment by the BMJ was at best immoral and scurrilous, and most probably criminally negligent. To tear apart a professional life based on the report of a non-professional was unacceptable, and so lacking in common sense as to defy understanding, unless the darker side of 'Big Pharma' and/or the so called 'Medical Establishment' was at play! The fact remains that the concerns regarding the efficacy of vaccines, as raised by Dr Wakefield, were then and still are legitimate concerns that need to be address by all ethically responsible practitioners, both medical and scientific.

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