Italy MMR/Autism Court Decision – Scottish & English Parliaments – Questions 25 June 2012

Here are some questions raised recently in the English and Scottish Parliaments.  We also set out below why the answers so far given are false.  This is also not the first time UK Parliaments have been given false information in Parliamentary answers from British Health Ministers [Details below].

Notice the Scottish Government specifically affirms that it, like the English government, bases its  policy on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation – a committee which has proven itself many times over to be unreliable [putting it mildly] and cavalier when it comes to the health and safety of British children.  In short, if that is where Government continues to get its advice from, you can guarantee it is unreliable.  If you want some examples – read this:

30 Years of Secret Official Transcripts Show UK Government Experts Cover Up Vaccine Hazards To Sell More Vaccines And Harm Your Kids March 14, 2012.

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Parliamentary Questions

England

MMR Vaccine: Autism [25 June 2012]

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the court ruling in Italy in the case of Valentino Bocca linking autism and the MMR vaccine, if he will commission new research on the link between autism and the MMR vaccine. [113368]

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recent judgement in Italy in the case of Valentino Bocca relating to MMR inoculations and autism. [113234]

Anne Milton: In March a judge presiding over a case in Rimini Italy made a decision to award compensation to the parents of a nine year old boy on the basis that a vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) had caused autism. This decision reflects the opinion of a judge on the specific facts of this single case and should not be seen as a precedent for any other case. The safety of MMR has been endorsed through numerous studies in many countries, and no causal link between MMR vaccine and autism has been established. There are no plans to undertake further research nor to change MMR immunisation policy as a result of this Italian court decision.

Scotland

Question S4W-08222: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/06/2012

To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the judgement in Italy in the case of Valentino Bocca relating to MMR inoculations and autism.

Answered by Michael Matheson (28/06/2012): The judgement in Italy reflects the opinion of a judge on the specific facts of this single case and should not be seen as a precedent for any other case. The judgement does not alter the scientific position that there is no credible scientific evidence to show that MMR vaccine is a cause of autism. A wide range of large epidemiological studies, performed over more than a decade in a variety of countries, have consistently found no link between MMR and autism.Current Status:

Answered by Michael Matheson on 28/06/2012

Question S4W-08223: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/06/2012

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will review the use of the MMR vaccine following the recent judgement in Italy in the case of Valentino Bocca relating to MMR inoculations and autism.

Answered by Michael Matheson (28/06/2012):

The Scottish Government bases vaccination policy on the independent expert advice provided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. The view of the JCVI is that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that MMR does not cause autism.

In March a judge presiding over a case in Rimini Italy decided to award compensation to the parents of a nine year old boy on the basis that a vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) had caused autism. This decision reflects the opinion of a judge on the specific facts of this single case and should not be seen as a precedent for any other case.

The judgement of the court in Italy does not alter the scientific position and there are no plans to undertake further research nor to change MMR immunisation policy as a result of this Italian court decision.Current Status:

Answered by Michael Matheson on 28/06/2012

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Why are the answers false?

Main Inaccuracies In English Parliamentary Answer

The judgement was not the opinion of the judge nor is this a single case.  Ms Milton states .  “This decision reflects the opinion of a judge on the specific facts of this single case …“.

What made the case special is that the Italian Health Ministry did not contest that the MMR vaccine caused Valentino Bocca’s autism.

It is also not the first Italian case so it is not a “single case”. You will also see from the following that Ms Milton’s suggestion that “no causal link between MMR vaccine and autism has been established.” is contradicted also by what follows.

1) Causation Not Contested

It is the first case in Italy where causation of autism by the MMR vaccine was not contested by The Italian Health Ministry.  The Judge had no option but to follow the evidence of the independent expert appointed by the Court to report to it.  The terms in which judgement was issued follows the terms of the conclusions of the expert.  There were two other experts who came to the same conclusions regarding causation.

The Court appointed expert served his report on the parties and recorded in his documents submitted to the Court that:

[English]

REQUEST TO CONSULTANTS FOR THE COUNTERCLAIMS OF THE PARTIES:

On 1.2.2012 the undersigned sent a copy of the expert report to the parties by post, asking them to make any comments and/or counterclaims; I received nothing.”

[Italian]

RICHIESTA DI CONTRODEDUZIONI Al CONSULENTI DI PARTE:

In data 1.2.2012 il sottoscritto inviava via mail copia dell’ elaborato peritale alle parti chiedendo di esprimere eventuali rilievi e/o controdeduzioni che non pervenivano alla scrivente.”

Contrary also to Ms Milton’s answer, the evidence of the independent expert submitted to the Court concluded that the prior published studies were “extensive conflicting material“.  Ms Milton stated “The safety of MMR has been endorsed through numerous studies in many countries ….”

2) Not “a Single Case”

There was also a previous contested case in Italy where a different Italian Court and a different Italian Judge on the evidence of that case also decided that the MMR vaccine caused autism in a different Italian child.

That was Tribunale di Busto Arsizio, and the lawyer acting in that case is Avv. Saverio Crea.

There are 100 pending cases with the Rimini lawyer – which was also reported in The Independent.

3) These Are Not Isolated Cases

US HRSA Confirmed Vaccines Can Cause Autistic Conditions

As you can see from the following, there have been US cases but it is just not known how many because no records are being kept.

In May 2008 the US Health Resources Services Administration confirmed to US CBS news reporter Sharyl Attkisson that any vaccine can cause a brain injury leading to autistic conditions in children – and they should know – they pay out the US compensation claims.  Whilst denying they ever paid compensation on the basis of a determination that autism was caused by vaccines, this is what they said regarding 1,296 compensation claims involving encephalitis, encephalopathy and seizure disorders:

We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.”

However, they also confirmed they do not keep track of how many of the cases might involve autistic conditions caused by vaccines – in other words they either do not know or they are not keeping records. Vaccines, Autism and Brain Damage: What’s in a Name? By Sharyl Attkisson – [This report is dated September 14, 2010 but HRSA confirmation given in May 2008]

US CDC Director Confirmed Vaccines Cause Autistic Conditions

Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”

Dr Julie Gerberding when Director US Centers for Disease Control.

HOUSE CALL WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA – Unraveling the Mystery of Autism; Talking With the CDC Director; Stories of Children with Autism; Aging with Autism – Aired March 29, 2008 – 08:30   ET

The above item relates to the Hannah Poling case where a child was awarded US$1.5m for an autistic condition caused by 9 vaccines in one day, including MMR.  It was dismissed by the US CDC as a case of a child with a rare condition.  It appears from subsequent research that the mitochondrial condition may not be rare and may be more common in children and adults than was previously thought the case.

As CBS reported regarding the Hannah Poling case:

though the government conceded before trial, it took the position that vaccines didn’t “cause” autism, but rather that the vaccines aggravated an unknown and previously undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder the child had which “resulted” in autism. It’s unknown how many other children have similar undiagnosed mitochondrial disorder.

Vaccines, Autism and Brain Damage: What’s in a Name? By Sharyl Attkisson

False Previous 2009 English Parliamentary Answer Regarding Bailey Banks

It would be helpful if the Minister might be persuaded to correct the position regarding the previous answer given in 2009 about the US case of American child Bailey Banks.

Bailey Banks received compensation for an autistic condition resulting from the administration of the MMR vaccine.  A British Health Minister Dawn Primarolo told Parliament Bailey Banks was not autistic when his condition is one of the recognised Autistic Spectrum Conditions.  So a previous completely and utterly false answer to add to the latest false answers.

More details can be found here:

British Minister Misled Parliament Over US MMR Autism Case CHS April 5, 2009

Minister Misled Parliament Over MMR Autism Link CHS July 9, 2009

Additional Inaccuracies In Scottish Parliamentary Answer

“… the independent expert advice provided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.”

The JCVI is neither independent nor expert.  The members of the JCVI have historically had numerous conflicts of interest.  They are also not experts in the fields appropriate for providing advice to Government on vaccination policy.

The view of the JCVI is that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that MMR does not cause autism.”

And:

“The judgement does not alter the scientific position that there is no credible scientific evidence to show that MMR vaccine is a cause of autism. A wide range of large epidemiological studies, performed over more than a decade in a variety of countries, have consistently found no link between MMR and autism.”

As previously noted, the Italian Court did have an independent expert appointed by the Court in addition to expert assessments by two other experts.  The Court appointed expert concluded that the prior published studies were “extensive conflicting material”.

And now we can see that the “scientific evidence” being relied on is epidemiological studies. Epidemiological studies are observational studies which are not science.  This also suggests the JCVI lack the expertise to appreciate a series of facts of fundamental significance to their “advice” to Government.

Epidemiological studies can also never establish “no link”.  They can only tentatively establish whether there appears to be an association between a condition and an environmental factor.  They can never establish there is no association and they can never establish that in an individual case that an environmental factor like a vaccine did not cause a specific individual’s condition. 

The only way adverse reactions to any pharmaceutical can be assessed is by detailed clinical follow-up to investigate individual cases. That has never been done. 

And the so-called epidemiological studies are not true epidemiological studies.  In a true study there has to be clinical follow-up and investigation of all or practically all cases.  That has never been done.

So the “science” government relies on is “tobacco science”.

Or put this another way – Government is lying again

2 Responses

  1. How can Anne Milton and Michael Matheson be further challenged? Already the site that asks if Anne Milton answered the question, shows 43 to 4 people unhappy with her answer.
    http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2012-06-25b.113234.h
    Anna W

  2. How long can politicians keep on reiterating the same old arguments?
    Epidemiological studies? Presumably they are referring to the Madson et al Danish studies which involved co-author Poul Thorsen, indicted in the US on more than a dozen charges of money laundering and fraudulent conversion of more than $1million of US taxpayers’ cash, which was supposed to fund the research, and another $1million of charity cash ditto. Strangely, the US authorities seem to be in no hurry to extradite Dr Thorsen, also charged with tax offences in Denmark.
    The Danes seem to be in no hurry to convict him either!!

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