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GMC case against Wakefield’s colleague was “superficial,” says appeal

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 14 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1103
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The General Medical Council panel that found Andrew Wakefield’s colleague John Walker-Smith guilty of serious professional misconduct and struck him off the medical register in 2010 was dealing with a task that was “beyond it,” his barrister told the High Court in London this week.

Stephen Miller QC told Mr Justice Mitting at the start of a two week appeal hearing that the panel ignored evidence that paediatric gastroenterologists at the Royal Free Hospital in London, headed by Professor Walker-Smith, were carrying out investigations that were clinically indicated and undertaken for the purposes of diagnosis and treatment and not for a research project.

Professor Walker-Smith, who retired in 2000, was one of …

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