The training of medical students still does not predispose to scepticism or an open mind in the face of textbook authority. The stance that doctors take on controversial issues commonly owes more to what they imbibed from their mentors than to a critical evaluation of the evidence.
A debate has raged over the vaccination issue with no real evidence to show a gain in health as determined on a WHO Disability Adjusted Life Expectancy (DALE) scale, which measures the length of a healthy life rather than longevity alone.
While a hardening of the position of profit-driven pharmaceutical companies is understandable, what is becoming more alarming is the position of the medical community.
I have read of suggestions by medical authorities that vaccinations and immunisations be linked to school admission and child benefit. Not satisfied with trying to frighten us, now they want to compel us to poison our children.
Our community is now highly educated, and our ability to evaluate information was never greater. More people are refusing vaccinations, including more within the health care community.
Dr Hagan McQuaid,
4, Lr Pearse Road,