“So in the UK there was then litigation by children against the manufacturers of the drug and I became involved in that litigation, and patients within The Lancet study also became involved. Once they got their diagnosis and they were convinced that this is what happened, then they joined the litigation. It was alleged that the study was done for the purpose of litigation… indeed, that it was funded by lawyers for litigation. That is absolutely untrue. It simply was not.
So, I agreed to be a medical expert and I felt obliged to act as a medical expert on their behalf, because there were any number of doctors lining up on the other side to be paid as experts to act on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry. One of the allegations against me is that I had acted on behalf of lawyers, I was being paid by lawyers to do The Lancet study. In fact, I was being paid for by a government-funded compensation to act as a medical expert. It had nothing whatsoever to do with The Lancet study, which was paid for by the National Health Service.
The payment from the Legal Aid Board was not to me initially, it was to the medical school to conduct a study, to look for evidence of measles virus in the diseased intestines of these children. That is what it specifically did. This was known to the editor of The Lancet nearly a year before the paper was published. He was sent documents from the lawyer saying… We are working with Dr. Andy Wakefield on this issue. He knew, or should have known but, conveniently, he forgot that fact when it came to testify before the General Medical Council under oath. And it was only subsequently that it was disclosed that he knew all.”
— Andrew Wakefield, MD