MMR autism link doctor to face GMC panel

The doctor who first suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism is to face a General Medical Council (GMC) panel over charges of serious professional misconduct.

The GMC believe that Dr Andrew Wakefield may have acted unethically while carrying out the research for the paper published in the Lancet. If found guilty, Dr Wakefield and two colleagues could be struck off.

The case focuses on whether the doctors gained the correct ethical approval for their research. The GMC has also suggested that some of the children who took part in the study did not meet the criteria for inclusion.

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