MMR doctor wins High Court appeal

“Chief executive Niall Dickson added: “Today’s ruling does not however reopen the debate about the MMR vaccine and autism.”

The BBC reports:

A doctor found guilty of serious professional misconduct over the MMR controversy has won his High Court appeal against being struck off.

Prof John Walker-Smith carried out research with Dr Andrew Wakefield claiming there was a link between autism and the combined jab for measles, mumps and rubella.

The study caused a fall in vaccination rates, but was later discredited.

The judge quashed a GMC finding of professional misconduct.

Mr Justice Mitting called for changes in the way General Medical Council fitness to practise panel hearings are conducted in the future saying: “It would be a misfortune if this were to happen again.”

Prof Walker-Smith, who retired in 2001, said: “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my appeal…

Chief executive Niall Dickson added: “Today’s ruling does not however reopen the debate about the MMR vaccine and autism.

“As Mr Justice Mitting observed in his judgement, ‘There is now no respectable body of opinion which supports (Dr Wakefield’s) hypothesis, that MMR vaccine and autism/enterocolitis are causally linked’.

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2 thoughts on “MMR doctor wins High Court appeal”

  1. Reisen, not “another” junk study. THE anti-vaccine junk study. This man caused a fury and is responsible for the willful murder of at least dozens of children due to measles. Since he performed the study outright fraudulently funded by a law firm, it a question for someone more knowledgeable than I about whether this is legally negligent manslaughter or 1st degree murder for hire. In any civilized society, he would be hanged.

    I am very disappointed in this ruling. There is no good possibility here. Either the medical board is highly inept at performing trials and likely all revocations of licenses are now going to be overturned, or the judge is highly inept and is requiring an absurd standard of evidence.

    Either way, something is rotten in the state of Britain.

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