LondonNet News Headlines
03/07/02
Doctor Livingstone, I Presume
- Mayor injects ignorance into MMR debate

LONDON MAYOR Ken Livingstone sent in his application to become a leading doctor yesterday by handing out important medical advice to all London parents.

Livingstone, at least seven years away from qualifying as a doctor, stepped into the debate about the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) injections by criticising government policy and all leading medical opinion.

"My advice to all Londoners," Livingstone said, "is that if you can, get it done separately. I do not think there is a risk."

In fact, there is a huge risk to hundreds of thousands of young children in not getting the MMR done at the same time, because in the gaps between having the three injections, disease can fester.

All serious research carried out in Britain and many other countries suggests a combined jab is the best method of protecting children from the three diseases, though a tiny minority of doctors have said they think there is a link between MMR and autism.




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