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Trust me, I’m a scientist

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3658

A price worth paying?

Despite a half promise to the contrary, Professor Colquhoun is still
responding disappointingly … and off topic.

The Professor does not consider the swine-flu a big danger at the
moment. That obviously being a scientifically evidenced based fact, why
has the government ordered 90 million doses of vaccine and agreed to pay
British GPs £5.25 per shot when two shots will almost certainly be
evidenced as necessary? I guess a research professor with ‘mcscientific’
credentials will know the answer to that.

And Professor Colquhoun will no doubt be aware that the GMC did take
(very) seriously the plausibility of Andrew Wakefield’s work: his trial
and that of his colleagues, Professors Walker-Smith and Murch, was finally
concluded on 9 July 2009. The trial started on Monday 16 July 2007 and the
verdicts and sentencings are still to be pronounced. The defendants have
been dragged through two years of judicial hell by the GMC, in league with
the government and pharmaceutical corporations. These hapless medical
scientists have had their professional reputations destroyed, public
discussion about vaccine damage has been stifled and of course there is
now a moratorium on relevant scientific research. All British registered
doctors may care to reflect that this hearing, lasting 144 days, the
longest in GMC history, will have cost them in excess of £5 million. I
guess the true mcscientist considers this a price worth paying …

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

25 September 2009
Mark Struthers