Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Has the UK government lost the battle over MMR?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:552

Rapid Response:

Re: Proving the point

Could we please not have ambiguity here. Is Valerie Iles saying that people like me should be excluded from what has hitherto been an open forum, or is she saying that people should counter our arguments more impressively than they do? I fear that she means the former since all she can manage is the usual ad hominem dismissal, rather than entering into scientific debate. But as with Brian Deer I am grateful to her because she demonstrates my point that institutional hostility to parents - or anyone who presents evidence against vaccine safety - must inevitably skew the evidence base. How can vaccine safety be assured if you treat the patients, or their representives - or dissenting professionals - with this degree of scorn.

And how can we be "open" and exclude people at the same time?

Competing interests: Parent of an autistic child

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 March 2005
John Stone
London N22