Reasons for striking off paediatric gastroenterologist may have been “inadequate,” GMC admits

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 17 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1244
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The General Medical Council has admitted at the High Court that its reasons for finding the paediatric gastroenterologisto John Walker-Smith guilty of serious professional misconduct over a Lancet paper that sparked a worldwide scare over the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine may have been “inadequate.”

But the GMC’s counsel, Joanna Glynn QC, told Mr Justice Mitting on the fourth day of a five day hearing: “In spite of inadequate reasons, it is quite clear on overwhelming evidence that the charges are made out.”

The judge, who is hearing Professor Walker-Smith’s appeal against the …

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