Andrew Wakefield’s erasure from the UK medical register is complete

19 Jan

This just isn’t Andrew Wakefield’s week. Last year the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK found Andrew Wakefield guilty of multiple counts of improper conduct. These include subjecting disabled children to invasive tests that were not in their clinical interest, placing children in a research program without first obtaining the safeguards of ethical approval, financial and commercial conflicts of interest as well as other breaches of ethical conduct.

Here is one example paragraph from the sanction of Mr. Wakefield:

With regard to nine of the eleven children (2,1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 5,12 and 8) considered by the Panel, it determined that Dr Wakefield caused research to be undertaken on them without Ethics Committee approval and thus without the ethical constraints that safeguard research. Ethical constraints are there for the protection both of research subjects and for the reassurance of the public and are crucial to public trust in research medicine. It was in the context of this research project that the Panel found that Dr Wakefield caused three of these young and vulnerable children, (nos. 3, 9 and 12) to undergo the invasive procedure of lumbar puncture when such investigation was for research purposes and was not clinically indicated. This action was contrary to his representation to the Ethics Committee that all the procedures were clinically indicated. In nine of the eleven children (2,1, 3, 4, 9, 5,12, 8 and 7) the Panel has found that Dr Wakefield acted contrary to the clinical interests of each child. The Panel is profoundly concerned that Dr Wakefield repeatedly breached fundamental principles of research medicine. It concluded that his actions in this area alone were sufficient to amount to serious professional misconduct.

The sanction includes the determination that Andrew Wakefield should have his name erased from the medical register:

Accordingly the Panel has determined that Dr Wakefield’s name should be erased from the medical register. The Panel concluded that it is the only sanction that is appropriate to protect patients and is in the wider public interest, including the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the profession and is proportionate to the serious and wide-ranging findings made against him.

Mr. Wakefield had a period of time to appeal to the High Court. I have word from Brian Deer, the journalist who first broke the story of the Mr. Wakefield’s misdeeds, that the time has passed and the erasure is now effective.

For those who want visual confirmation, here is the GMC’s registry page on Mr. Wakefield. (click to enlarge)

11 Responses to “Andrew Wakefield’s erasure from the UK medical register is complete”

  1. Brian Deer January 19, 2011 at 20:46 #

    No doubt the faithful will claim this is all the doing of some evil conspiracy. However, many of these will be people who were fed with an insidious diet of false stories about the GMC proceedings. I found it to be little short of a crime against children that the anti-vaxxers paid for a professional deceiver to attend the hearings and disseminate false stories about what was going on.

    In fact, while quite untrue narratives were being spread outside the hearing, what went on inside was the most extraordinary, forensic dissection of this charlatan. The proceedings, which included the evidence of one of the parents of the Lancet children, were conducted to the highest standards of probity, and saw concession after concession from Wakefield: including that the witnesses against him (and there were NONE for him) spoke in good faith. He also conceded that the chair of the panel had no conflicts of interest. When the head of the UK vaccine programme came to give evidence, Wakefield had no questions.

    Thus, when the verdict of four counts of dishonesty and a dozen of causing the abuse of developmentally challenged children came in, his legal advisors told him that he had no realistic prospects of appeal, and the Medical Protection Society (which funded his defence) refused to pay for one.

    It was the same tragic story in the UK MMR litigation, where the claimants’ own legal team reported that claims that the vaccine cause autism would fail.

    What a wretched business.

  2. Science Mom January 19, 2011 at 21:37 #

    Ah yes, wonder what happened to Martin Walker. Seems to have dropped off the face of the Earth following the GMC proceedings. So much for Wakefield ‘awaiting guidance from the GMC’ with regards to his appeal; that’s pretty definitive ‘guidance’ right there.

  3. autiemum January 19, 2011 at 22:34 #

    Walker-Smith’s entry shows that the GMC decision is not yet in force ie he is appealing (I guess). I assume that Wakefield has run out of time for appeal — he would have kept up the pretence to the bitter end. Why is W-S different? Or have I drawn a false conclusion somewhere?

    On a more cheerful note, well done Brian. I feel we should pause for a long round of applause.

  4. sheldon101 January 20, 2011 at 01:57 #

    For my sins, I actually read all of Martin Walker ‘reporting’ of the GMC hearing. Just as writing it was dreadful. Although the writing went on for page after page, there was little about the hearing itself. The one time he accurately reported the testimony, he immediately argued that the witness had misspoke. That’s in the case of Dr. Pegg. Dr.Pegg explained that it was the intent of the doctor that determined whether the process was research and needed advance ethic committee approval. That is you saw patients and afterward decided to do a paper, then that wasn’t research. But if you intended to publish and saw the same patients and the same process, then it wasn’t research. After getting that right, Walker immediately claims that Dr. Pegg had misspoke, that what he meant to say was Wakefield’s made up explanation determining research.

    Walker has chimed in with another dreadful piece at AofA in the last week.

    While Walker may have fooled the rank-and-file, I don’t believe he fooled the vaccines are evil leaders. Which is another problem for them, if just one defector explains to the rank-and-file how long the leaders have known the truth of the GMC hearings.

  5. sharon January 20, 2011 at 02:24 #

    Yes autiemum, a standing ovation no less.

  6. AWOL January 20, 2011 at 16:12 #

    Martin is over here at AOA .Didnt know he had friends on here concerned about him…still no answers Mr Deer to the BMJ papers?the biggest own goal in Pharma history…

    January 20, 2011

    The Great Pretender: Brian Deer’s Wakefield Soap Opera

    By Martin J Walker MA.

    Oh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
    Pretending that I’m doing well (ooh ooh)
    My need is such I pretend too much
    Oh yes I’m the great pretender (ooh ooh)
    Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh)
    Too real is this feeling of make believe
    Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

    Buck Ram[1]

    With the growth of corporations and democracy there came
    a vast growth in corporate propaganda as a means of defending
    corporate interests against democracy.

    Alex Carey[2]

    Without a story to explain ourselves we are nothing.

    Tariq Miah[3]

  7. AWOL January 21, 2011 at 00:56 #

    Gary Null Show brodcasted today 20/01/11 ,listen to Isabella Thomas,Jackie Fletcher and Clifford ..( a challenge for Deer)

    Nobody is going away ..until we have the truth

    Who is going to start spilling the Beans Brian ,WHO?

  8. autiemum January 21, 2011 at 08:00 #

    Hi AWOL,

    “nobody is going away”? Well, he’s gone to America, that’s a good start.

    His Facebook page “Dr Wakefield’s work must continue” has 6,357 fans world wide. That’s 6,357 people prepared to click “like” on his page.

    They’ll have to fund-raise hard. Our Andy likes adoration but money is good too.

  9. AWOL January 21, 2011 at 14:59 #

    So autiemum,what did you think of the Gary Null broadcast? Super I bet , I thought so to…still no answers back from Brian Deer r.e. his latest papers..

    Do you think Brian Deer shall take up the invite from Isabella Thomas (Lancet 12 parent )for Brian Deer to meet her on CNN for a debate?…

    So far as Face book goes I, noticed Brian has 39 friends compared to Wakefield’s 6,357…

    Ill put the hat out for him and tell my friends to befriend Brian on Facebook and be friends with him ..oh! silly me I did that 4 years ago ,and Brian has still only got 39 friends ,… a nice person like Brian with only 39 friends and Dr Wakefield has 6,357 friends ,a bit strange that somewhat, is it, not??

  10. sheldon101 January 23, 2011 at 00:02 #

    I read all of Walker’s ‘reporting’ of the GMC hearing. It was dreadful. It’s true that Walker left out minor facts such as the prosecutor calling one parent, Wakefield and the others calling no parent. Wakefield and the others calling no witnesses. Minor details.


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