Walker-Smith v General Medical Council [2012]

Professor John Walker-Smith had been removed from the medical register because of professional misconduct. He was accused of taking part, without ethical approval, in controversial research that caused a global scare by suggesting a link between the Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, bowel disease and autism. The doctor said the treatments including lumbar punctures and colonoscopies were part of clinical care but not for research.


Judgment: The judge criticised the disciplinary panel's inadequate and superficial reasoning and the panel is in a wrong conclusion. The striking-off had been quashed.



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