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.”

Source: BMJ 2012;344:e1244.

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