UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Wakefield’s conduct profoundly and deeply damaging to public health says Lamb

Press Release   •   Feb 01, 2010 11:06 GMT

"The critical thing now is to re-build public confidence and finally lay to rest the suggestion that children’s health is at risk from this vaccine," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.

Commenting on today’s ruling by the General Medical Council that Dr. Andrew Wakefield acted irresponsibly by stating there was a link between MMR and autism, Norman Lamb said:

“The impact of Dr. Wakefield’s conduct on public health in this country has been profoundly and deeply damaging.

“The dramatic decline in take up of the MMR vaccine resulting from unfounded fears generated by Dr. Wakefield have set back this key health initiative in the most serious way.

“This has been a long, drawn out process.  The critical thing now is to re-build public confidence and finally lay to rest the suggestion that children’s health is at risk from this vaccine.”