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Posted - 07/08/2006 : 09:13:17 After extensive private representations the BBC has withdrawn its claim that Andrew Wakefield was paid to investigate whether children had been damaged by MMR vaccine on behalf of litigants. A report dated 4 March 2004 'MMR researchers issue retraction' stated:
"It followed the discovery that Andrew Wakefield was carrying out a second study at the time.
"He was being paid to see whether there was any evidence to support a possible legal action by a group of parents who claimed their children were damaged by the vaccine"
The text now reads:
"Funding was provided to the hospital where his team worked for the study, which was investigating if there was any evidence to support possible legal action by a group of parents who claimed their children were damaged by the vaccine."
Posted - 07/18/2006 : 00:29:19 Great to read your postings again John much appreciated.The bricks in the massive wall are coming down one by one just like the walls put up by goverments around the world by people numbers they come down.Wont be long now sense it.....
Posted - 07/14/2006 : 21:10:24 I am pleased to note that other online reports have been updated, notably 'Top doctor wades into MMR debate' (23 February 2004):
a formula he was to repeat in his Lancet statement of 5 March 2004. This, while loosely true, was misleading. To state, however, that Wakefield was paid - as the BBC did repeatedly - was simply untrue.
While grateful for these alterations I have had a somewhat surreal exchange with Helen Boaden, Head of BBC News, who insists that they are not "material" changes. In other words the admission that they actually got it wrong is not forthcoming.