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GP expert's court ordeal over MMR

Dr Jayne Donegan has told of her ordeal giving evidence to the high court on the MMR vaccination.

Dr Donegan, a GP in north London, gave expert evidence against use of the vaccine in the landmark case earlier this month, in which a judge ruled two children should be given the vaccine against their mothers' wishes.

She told Pulse: 'Having spent a day-and-a-half in the witness box I was glad I wasn't a criminal. The legal system is very adversarial and the idea of barristers is to make the other side look stupid.'

Dr Donegan said the judge's ruling was controversial given the ongoing class action from parents over MMR's alleged adverse effects. The trial is due to start at the end of the year.

'The law is suppose to deal with justice but they have allowed something highly political to overshadow what the case is about,' she said. 'A lot of the evidence for the vaccine is poorly formed, biased and poorly reported. I just wish they used some of the money spent on promoting MMR on paying for some proper research.' Dr Donegan added she does not actively promote or discourage the vaccination.

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