GMC must disclose files on Wakefield to documentary makers

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:12
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. 1BMJ

    The General Medical Council has lost a High Court battle to stop confidential documents, provided to it for the purpose of disciplinary proceedings, being released to the makers of a television programme.

    The papers refer to the role of the gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield in the controversy over the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

    Mr Justice Eady ruled just before Christmas that the Channel 4 television company, 20-20 Productions, and Brian Deer are entitled to see the documents in defending themselves against a libel action by Dr Wakefield over the November 2004 Dispatches programme “MMR: What They Didn't Tell You,” which Mr Deer presented.

    Dr Wakefield faces GMC proceedings over his part in the controversy over the triple vaccine, which led to a dramatic …

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