Brian Deer and The GMC

“Brian Deer, a journalist writing for Murdoch’s Sunday Times, was the only person in the world to complain to a regulatory body about the work of doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in London who diagnosed children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which their parents suggested had occurred following MMR vaccination.

In 2003, after 10 years work, legal aid was withdrawn from over 1,000 parents claiming damages in a suit in which Wakefield was to appear as an expert witness. In 2004 Deer wrote an exposé of Wakefield that was full of concoctions, half truths and fantasies and which claimed that the children examined by the team at the Royal Free were not ill. Deer’s distorted pharma–imaginings became the basis of over 80 charges leveled against Dr Wakefield and three other doctors to be ‘tried’ by the General Medical Council (GMC). The hearing took place over three years between 2007 and 2010 and became one of the longest regulatory hearings ever held in Britain. Brian Deer, the centre of the whole plot, did not give evidence.

In bringing the fitness to practice case against Dr Andrew Wakefield, Professor Simon Murch and Professor John Walker-Smith, the GMC listened to journalist Brian Deer and excluded the views of hundreds of parents of vaccine damaged children. Who is Brian Deer? Vigilante for truth or front man for Big Pharma? Selective Hearing covers Deer’s part in the heartbreaking betrayal of vaccine damaged children by the medical profession, the pharmaceutical corporations and the British government.
With the full power of the government and pharmaceutical industry behind him, few people were brave enough to tackle Deer. Alan Golding, however, is a Welshman, a very independent filmmaker and a man of considerable principle. Alan Golding gave himself completely over the three–year duration of the GMC hearing, to the cause of Wakefield and the parents of vaccine damaged children. Selective Hearing is a beautifully filmed fine mix of interviews with parents, analysis of Deer’s faulted case and unique material of him holding forth for the pharmaceutical companies in a heated exchange with parents outside the GMC building. If you see this film you will want to do something about Brian Deer.”

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  • abc123

    Just remember, water is wet, Kate Moss has used cocaine and Andrew Wakefield is a dangerous wangler.

  • gert

    “If you see this film you will want to do something about Brian Deer.”
    yes, i would. i’d shake his hand. wakefield is a fraud, and considering him any but is both dangerous, and completely ignorant.

    • Anonymous

      make sure you wash your hand afterwards

  • Smekan

    Absolute garbage.

    I would be very concerned if I were the webmaster for Documentary Heaven that Brian Deer doesn’t sue for helping circulate this libelous junk

    • Anonymous

      e can’t even mention the existance of the film because of his fine performance , or did you not watch him ranting and foaming at the mouth

      • Smekan123

        antiskeptic – I do not understand what you mean, perhaps you could re-write your comment in English.

        • Anonymous

          @Smekan123 please explain what part of the film is libelous? and I’m really sorry for the typos , i hope you can undrastand this

  • Dillon

    but i heard vaccines cause autism yo

  • DaftAida

    This man has no principles and went to some pretty despicable lengths to formulate his false postulation. Just another hack making a filthy buck on the backs of suffering children and parents on behalf of BigPharma. Agree with Smekan entirely.

  • Anonymous

    an excellent film . it stands to reason that Brian should come under the same scrutiny as those he accuses of fraud,,, he comes off rather badly to say the least!!

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  • Delia

    Why aren’t parents listened to and why are we subjected to name calling? My son has recovered from autism through dealing with the viral issues in his gut. My son developed normally until the MMR and his first symptoms began the day after with severe gut problems.
    Wakefield’s research has been varified by many other qualified researchers (Of which Brian Deer is not) around the world e.g. Kawasaki et al, Bitnun et al, singh et al, Furlano et al, Bitnun et al,Horvath et al,Gonzalez et al,Urlmann et al to name only a few.
    Time will reveal all but how many more children have to suffer first. I have been fortunate to recover my son I don’t know anyone else who has.

  • Delia

    Why aren’t parents listened to and why are we subjected to name calling? My son has recovered from autism through dealing with the viral issues in his gut. My son developed normally until the MMR and his first symptoms began the day after with severe gut problems.
    Wakefield’s research has been varified by many other qualified researchers (Of which Brian Deer is not) around the world e.g. Kawasaki et al, Bitnun et al, singh et al, Furlano et al, Bitnun et al,Horvath et al,Gonzalez et al,Urlmann et al to name only a few.
    Time will reveal all but how many more children have to suffer first. I have been fortunate to recover my son I don’t know anyone else who has.

  • Lin

    Just reading the description for this documentary, it’s very clear that the creator has an agenda. It’s so distorted that I could barely understand what the author was trying to say: I had to look up an article myself to get the back-story. As someone with Crohn’s disease, I do find Wakefield’s research to have been fallacious, full of circular reasoning, and simply wrong. I feel sorry for those, especially the parents, who have fallen for Wakefield’s blame game and have pointed their fingers at pharmaceutical companies. Some believe Wakefield’s “research,” others simply want money. Either way, Wakefield has damaged society.

    • Lin

       Please know that I am not agreeing or disagreeing with the claims that Deer makes. I simply do not know enough of his claims. I do however know about Wakefield.

  • Lin

    Just reading the description for this documentary, it’s very clear that the creator has an agenda. It’s so distorted that I could barely understand what the author was trying to say: I had to look up an article myself to get the back-story. As someone with Crohn’s disease, I do find Wakefield’s research to have been fallacious, full of circular reasoning, and simply wrong. I feel sorry for those, especially the parents, who have fallen for Wakefield’s blame game and have pointed their fingers at pharmaceutical companies. Some believe Wakefield’s “research,” others simply want money. Either way, Wakefield has damaged society.

  • http://hyungnam.blogspot.jp/2013/06/web-design-tools-avatar-signature_63.html Hyungnam Gu

    In the MMR vaccine controversy, a fraudulent 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield, originally published in The Lancet, presented supposed evidence that the MMR vaccine (an immunization against measles, mumps and rubella that is typically first administered to children shortly after their first birthday) was linked to the onset of autism spectrum disorders.[40] The article was widely criticized for lack of scientific rigour, partially retracted in 2004 by Wakefield’s co-authors,[41] and was fully retracted by The Lancet in 2010.[42]Wakefield was struck off the UK’s medical registry for the fraud.[43]

    This Lancet article has sparked a much greater anti-vaccination movement, primarily in the United States. Even though the article was fraudulent and was retracted, 1 in 4 parents still believe vaccines can cause autism.[44] Many parents do not vaccinate their children because they feel that diseases are no longer present due to all the vaccinations.[45] This is a false assumption, since some diseases could still return. These pathogens could possibly infect vaccinated people, due to the pathogen’s ability to mutate when it is able to live in unvaccinated hosts. In 2010, there was a whooping cough outbreak in California that was the worst outbreak in 50 years. A possible contributing factor was parents choosing to exempt their children from vaccinations.[46] There was also a case in Texas in 2012 where 21 members of a church contracted measles because they chose to abstain from immunizations.