AMA head criticises ‘demonisation’ of big pharma by anti-vaxxers

Michael Gannon

NOTE: Whinging Cry Baby & AMA Chief, Michael Gannon Is Complaining That Evil Anti-Vaxxers Are Picking On Big Pharma, Give Me A Break. Of Course’ This Disgusting Big Pharma Shill Wants Mandatory Vaccinations & The Guy Is Just A Mouth Piece For The Drug Empire. The Health Freedom Movement Is Exploding So This Proves That We Are Making Huge Waves. 
Michael Gannon supports extending to high-school students the policy of compulsory provision of vaccination details
Michael Gannon: ‘it almost seems if you can shout louder than the careful, temperate advice from medical professionals and scientists you might get support for your non-scientific views.’ Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

Gannon made the comments in response to the NSW health department recommending reforms that, if implemented, would see parents of high-school students compelled to provide details of their child’s vaccination status, and give public health officers the power to exclude unvaccinated children from high schools during disease outbreaks.

Gannon told Guardian Australia he supported the changes, which would see unvaccinated children banned from childcare and school for up to two weeks if they come into contact with a child suffering a vaccine-preventable disease — even if they aren’t sick themselves.

“I’m reluctant to make the comparison between anti-vaxxers and climate change deniers, but it almost seems if you can shout louder than the careful, temperate advice from medical professionals and scientists you might get support for your non-scientific views,” he said.

A report from the NSW Child Death Review Team, published on Tuesday, found that in the decade to 2014, 23 child deaths may have been prevented had the children been vaccinated.

Gannon said he believed there was a growing distrust of the medical profession and of big pharma which may be fuelling the anti-vaccination movement.

“Let’s be clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not without sin,” he said.

“But it is disappointing to hear this demonisation of vaccinations as a result of this distrust, and overall the pharmaceutical industry improves and saves tens of millions of lives, without exaggeration, each day.

“Vaccines approved have to represent value for money and have to be safe. The idea that big pharma rolls into town and that their latest idea gets approved without scrutiny is ludicrous.”

He said vaccines and their safety were continuously scrutinised and reviewed at a level that “many other things in the community aren’t”.

The director of communicable diseases for NSW Health, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said that in recent years the incidence of some diseases preventable by vaccine, such as measles, had been higher in high-school-age children than in younger children.

“All recent measles outbreaks in NSW have tended to affect high-school children rather than primary-school children,” she said.

“Since then, catch-up measles vaccination has been offered in all NSW high schools, further reducing the risk of outbreaks occurring in this setting.”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/23/ama-head-criticises-demonisation-of-big-pharma-by-anti-vaxxers?CMP=share_btn_tw

4 thoughts on “AMA head criticises ‘demonisation’ of big pharma by anti-vaxxers

  1. The WHOLE of the Australian MEDICAL PROFESSION needs to be INVESTIGATED for MALPRACTICE & FRAUD.
    The Australian Medical profession is BLEEDING the HIC .. to the tune of HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS each year .. when the HIC .. requests a refund .. & all the General Practitioner needs to do is to declare Bankruptcy in time & they don’t repay a cent.
    Maybe the honorable Dr. Michael Gannon could offer himself up for a thorougher audit .. to set an example for the rest of his colleagues to follow.

  2. Another thing .. DOCTORS who see less than the required amount of patients .. or no patients at all & earn $200.000 plus each year need to have their Licenses to Practice confiscated .. PERMANENTLY.
    How many times have you sat in a medical center by .. waiting for the doctor .. and you were the only patient in the building ?
    I rang for an appointment only to be told that the doctor was all booked up .. I hung up & went to the clinic to find it empty of any patients.
    And the “sin’s” just go on & on & on.
    And the Federal Government tolerates this malingering .. malpractice & fraud to the tune of billions of dollars .
    WHY ?

  3. By the way .. there is a medical center that has a large canvas painting with words written on it is an ARABIC language .. on the wall behind the reception desk .. the words say “ALLAH IS EVERYTHING” Allah is the Arabic word referring to God .. since when is a medical center a religious institution &/or run according to religious dogma ?

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