"Call for Formal Enquiry into Wakefield Witch-hunt"
We really need your help and support in signing the petition linked below - ignore the donation request it is not relevant to our campaign. Dr. Andrew Wakefield has worked so hard to maintain his work and to help autistic children and he (and his family) have paid the high price of leaving our home country in order that this can continue. Now, 5 years on with a 2 year disciplinary enquiry still ongoing the smear has started again and it is clearly intended to destroy his reputation world-wide. The evidence presented to the UK enquiry by Andy and his two colleagues went so well that it would seem that this is a last ditch attempt and one which must be thwarted.
Please sign the petition with everyone in the family also signing and forward it to as many people as you possibly urgently.
Thanks so much.
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Five years after launching a campaign to discredit the work of Dr Andrew Wakefield, freelance journalist Brian Deer and the Sunday Times in the UK made additional allegations on Sunday 8th February 2009. Three pages of articles while offering no new evidence accused Dr Wakefield of having 'fixed' research data. These allegations have no basis in fact and have been fully addressed during Dr Wakefield's response to the GMC prosecution, now well into its second year.
This petition will bring attention to the scientific evidence in support of Dr Wakefield's position and demand a formal enquiry into the activities of Brian Deer, the Sunday Times and their connection and co-operation with the vaccine industry.
Throughout the 1990's Dr Andrew Wakefield, a research scientist at the Royal Free Hospital and his colleagues, were contacted by parents of a large number of children suffering from a form of inflammatory bowel disease with a regressive developmental disorder. Many of the parents who brought these children to the hospital reported that their children had become seriously ill after receiving the MMR vaccination.
In February 1998, a press briefing was organized by the Dean of the medical school at the Royal Free Hospital to coincide with the publication of a peer-reviewed case series in the The Lancet. At the press briefing, Dr Wakefield suggested the precautionary alternative that there could be a return to single vaccines whilst concerns regarding MMR were investigated. This signalled the beginning of an orchestrated and oppressive campaign to discredit Dr Wakefield.
In 2004, Brian Deer lodged a complaint against Dr Wakefield, with the General Medical Council (GMC) of the UK. Since that time Deer has been supported in his drive to discredit Dr Wakefield by influential lobbyists and lobby groups supported by major pharmaceutical companies. No parent has ever complained to the GMC about Dr Wakefield, or the other doctors whose cases are only now being heard.
The GMC took more than three years to frame their charges against Dr Wakefield, Professor Simon Murch and Professor Walker-Smith, none of which questioned the underlying scientific and medical findings in the original paper.
The 'trial' of these three doctors - all co-authors of The Lancet paper - began in July 2007 and although this hearing was due to finish within four months, it is still continuing, almost two years later.
In the attempt to discredit Dr Wakefield and the other defendants, the prosecution, employed and paid for by the GMC, has suggested that none of the children referred to the Royal Free Hospital were actually ill. In order to support this suggestion, they have had to ensure that none of the parents of vaccine damaged children appear at the hearing. Meanwhile, in the background, Brian Deer has mounted significant attacks on these parents, accusing them of manufacturing information about the illnesses suffered by their children, and about its cause.
The GMC panel finished hearing the evidence and, at the time of writing, has been in recess awaiting the closing speeches of counsel, due to begin in March. The prosecution, during presentation of evidence from ‘witnesses to fact’ and the cross examination of the three defendants, has consistently failed to make a case out of Deer's allegations. In the last weeks of the hearing, it became clear that this failure was disturbing Deer. As his case collapsed, he resorted to writing to the GMC re-affirming his views about Dr Wakefield's unproven guilt and instructing the GMC in how they should have conducted the prosecution.
So upset was Deer by the evidence of Professor Murch who claimed that Deer might have breached the Data Protection Act and gained access to patient records, that he allegedly confronted and attempted to intimidate the professor in the foyer of the GMC hearing rooms while Professor Murch was giving evidence.
In the new attack on Dr Wakefield that appeared in the Sunday Times on February 8th 2009 Deer cited no new evidence. Furthermore, if allegations relating to ‘altered records’ held any merit at all, they would have been included in the hundred odd original GMC charges that the prosecution pored over for three years, whilst preparing its case.
The current attack comes five years – almost to the day – after Deer first began his campaign against Dr Wakefield in February 2004. It also comes as a clear indication that the government, the vaccine industry and the Sunday Times are fearful of losing 'their' case at the GMC. There is a transatlantic aspect to this fear, as more legal and medical decisions are made public in the US, which endorse the clinical and research positions taken by Dr Wakefield and his colleagues in Britain.
This fear of losing is generated by the fact that if the GMC do not find the three doctors guilty of the charges against them, the voice of the parents will finally be heard and the scandal of over one and a half thousand unrecognised vaccine damaged children in the UK and many, many thousands worldwide will be brought to the attention of the public.
Deer's new attack on Dr Wakefield is equally an attack on the parents and children who sought treatment at the Royal Free Hospital and represents a new low for British journalism. The parents of vaccine damaged children will not be silenced and research into possible causes and treatments will continue. Members of the public, parents, doctors and scientists worldwide are now calling for a formal enquiry into the activities of Brian Deer, the Sunday Times and their connection and co-operation with the vaccine industry.
In the following weeks, the organisations endorsing this statement will join together in providing clear documentation in support of the science to date. Please follow the links given in the right hand panel for a progress update.