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GMC admits error in decision over whether to investigate doctor’s claims over covid vaccine

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q433 (Published 19 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q433
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

The General Medical Council has said that it made “an error” in a previous decision and will now reconsider whether to review a doctor’s alleged misleading covid vaccine claims.1

Matt Kneale, a junior doctor, complained to the GMC about the conduct of Aseem Malhotra who has posted repeatedly on X that vaccines against covid-19 are linked to cardiac illness and death.2

Malhotra, a cardiologist, has more than 590 000 followers on the platform previously known as Twitter and claims that his father died as a result of the Pfizer mRNA covid vaccine.

“It is a relief that the GMC has agreed to re-examine the flawed decision in relation to the investigation of Dr Malhotra—though it should never have required expensive legal action to force a proper review of the facts,” Kneale told The BMJ. “Doctors have a professional and ethical duty to educate patients and the wider public with factual and …

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