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GP is struck off after comments made to parents about vaccines

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 07 July 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p1581
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A GP prominent in the anti-vaccine movement has been struck off the UK medical register after a tribunal found that she encouraged parents to forge their children’s vaccine “red books” and to lie about their immunisation status.

Jayne Donegan, who qualified in 1983, did not attend her medical practitioners tribunal hearing, instead providing a written statement that branded the case a “politically motivated show trial.”

The case was brought over a series of statements made by Donegan from April 2019 to February 2020, in which she questioned the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Some of these appeared on her website. Other comments were made in lectures to paying members of the public and during a consultation with an undercover journalist from the Daily Telegraph. Reporters from both the Telegraph and the Times gave statements to the tribunal.

Donegan, who also worked as a homeopath, criticised vaccines in an interview with the Times journalist and suggested to a Telegraph reporter posing as a young mother that children should get measles, that girls should get rubella, and that “you definitely …

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