London, England—The doctor who sparked fears that a childhood vaccine was linked to autism has been barred from practicing medicine after his study was discredited, Britain’s General Medical Council announced Monday.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield “repeatedly breached fundamental principles of research medicine,” a council disciplinary panel found, adding that “his actions in this area alone were sufficient to amount to serious professional misconduct.”
The council could have given him a lesser punishment, such as disbarring him for a year, but it ruled that his conduct was so dishonest that temporary suspension was not appropriate.
A couple of months ago the medical journal officially retracted his study - which was big news in itself. Now that he’s lost his medical license, it’s just icing on the cake.
Hey did you guys read the part where he drew blood from all the kids at his son’s birthday party for the study? He gave them a few dollars each afterward. Creepy birthday party!
Yes, he claimed that the NHS had no authority over that since he was not doing the study as a NHS doctor. He also did intestinal biopsies on children unnecessarily—and falsified the results. This man truly has no morals, and it has made him wealthy. The US would not give him a license to practice, but it is suspected that he continues to practice without one. I hope he gets himself kicked out of the US, but he will probably dupe another country into taking him and getting sucked into his ‘facts’ where he will do even more harm.