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The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism - and subsequently made rates of measles and other skyrocket - acted "dishonestly and irresponsibly" in doing his research for a landmark 1998 Lancet paper, says Britain's official General Medical Counsel.Measles in the U.K. are skyrocketing
During over two years of hearings Andrew Wakefield was accused of a series of charges, including that he didn't have ethical approval or relevant qualifications for such tests, he improperly gathered blood samples (paying children 5 pounds each for the samples at his son's birthday party), and (here's the kicker) not disclosing that he had been paid to advise lawyers acting for parents who believed their children had been harmed by the MMR.
The GMC also declared two of Wakefield's former colleagues at the hospital where he worked had also broken the guidelines.
In 2004, 10 of the 12 co-authors of Wakefield's paper issued a retraction.
The board didn't look into accusations that Wakefield had outright faked his data, yet a 2009 Sunday Times investigation