As the parent of an autistic child, I really resent the time and money wasted disproving what was obvious nonsense in the first place ! Why can money not be spent helping autistic children learn and develop? We should stick to importing crazy soap opera plot lines from the US not crazy theories about vaccinations.
He was struck off for multiple separate incidents of serious professional misconduct. No one is trying to say that research, however speculative, should not happen. The status quo is challenged almost every day in science. That's how it moves on.
It is nothing to do with his research funding, but with the unethical way he conducted his research. Unorthodox ideas are not a problem, performing research without the correct ethical approval or requisite qualifications are a problem.
the ethical approval bit is a ted herring. they are splitting hairs between dx's of CDD and autism. they hauled Wakefiled over the coals for including both dx's in his research, and then the day after the hearing findings, thevery people who had spoken against him on htis went on the record as saying it is impossible t distinguish between CDD and ASD dx in young children, and that itisi only a matter of when the dx is made which determines which one is given.
and, FWIW, the research hasn't been discredited (a witness for the prosecution at the hearings described it as "good science, which still stands". and then again the day after the hearing ended, went on to distance himself from it - so whichis it? Can't have it both ways )
on the subject of him being struck off, well, the gmc could do nothing else following the farce of a hearing he had.
so, all the parents who sought him out (because he was the onlydoc who would listen to htem, nd the only one who would invstigte a non-verbal child in extreme pain, rather than just saying "oh, well, yes. lots of ASD children have bowel issues" without bothering tolook to see if there was anything that oculd be done) were actually poor, deluded sous, with little idea of what their children needed
I will be forever grateful to him for his work. Work which in turn helped the ARU with their work, I belive. WHich has enabled my dd to live pain free,with slight dietary modifications. For whichI am ridiculed and patronised by doctors.
BUt, my dd has normal bowel health now, is verbal, and has good pain recognition. all things which were apparently notpossible, if I had listened to the rest of the docs around...
No, the ethical bit is not a red herring. He admitted children to a clinical study for which he had no ethical approval. The project he proposed was approved on 18th December 1996. There is documentary evidence showing that he and his colleagues were investigating children for that project (and therefore carrying out tests which were not clinically indicated) as early as June 1996.
Oh please, how can anyone defend him even now when his research methods have been so roundly discredited?
Are we seriously meant to believe that it is a big conspiracy by the GMC who don't want the 'truth' about MMR to get out? Of course, the GMC has a vested interest in ensuring that autism rates continue to rise...
Perhaps someone should do a proper peer-reviewed piece of research on MMR and possible links to autism, with a large survey population, over a long period of time, to really prove once and for all what the situation is.