“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’.