First, the AVN won its case against the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) quashing the investigation and warning against our organisation by that government body.
Now, Prof John Walker-Smith has won his case against the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK. Prof Walker-Smith was one of the 3 people ‘investigated’ by the GMC for their part in the now infamous case series on 12 children (called the Wakefield 12 by many in the media) who developed autism along with serious gut issues. Dr Wakefield, as the lead researcher for this case series, hypothesised that since many of the parents of these children had said that their conditions started after MMR vaccination, there may have been a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism which could require further investigation.
For this medical heresy, 10 of the 13 researchers were forced to recant and 3 – Dr Andrew Wakefield, Prof John Walker-Smith and Dr Simon Murch – were called before the Grand Inquisitor or, as they prefer to call the inquisition in England, the GMC. Two of the three were struck off. One, Simon Murch, was let off because he was a junior researcher.
Since Walker-Smith has now been exonerated, it is only a matter of time before Wakefield wins his case against the British Medical Journal, it’s Editor and journalist-hack Brian Deer.
On with justice, I say. And may 2012 continue as it started – with victories for truth and fairness for families.
Below is a selection of some of the reports on this court case: