John Walker-Smith appeals against GMC ruling associated with Wakefield

Doctor struck off over MMR controversy appeals against ruling

One of the doctors struck off over the MMR jab controversy has asked the high court to rule that his treatment was “unfair and unjust”.

Prof John Walker-Smith is appealing against the General Medical Council’s (GMC) determination that he was guilty of serious professional misconduct.

In a hearing expected to take 10 days, his lawyers are asking Mr Justice Mitting, sitting at London’s high court, to rule that he was denied a fair trial.

In May 2010, Walker-Smith lost his licence to practise along with Dr Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who triggered a global scare about the MMR vaccine.

Aged 73 when struck off, Walker-Smith had by then been retired for a decade.

But the panel said it had – “with regret” – decided that removing his name from the register was the “only appropriate sanction” for his “extensive failures”, “non-compliance with ethical research requirements” and “irresponsible and misleading” reporting of the research findings.

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Walker-Smith was the then head of the department of pediatric gastroenterology at the Royal Free hospital in north London, where Andrew Wakefield’s research was carried out. There must be some responsible charge so that unethical research does not happen again.