Andrew Wakefield, the doc responsible for dishonored claims that the MMR vaccination causes autism, was yesterday prohibited from practicing medicine in his native place in Britain after being found guilty of grave professional misconduct.
The General Medical Council made a declaration that his name be struck off from the medical register, since it is the only sanction that stands correct to protect patients and is in the broader interest of public.
The verdict follows a two-and-a-half year punitive trial against Dr. Wakefield and two contemporaries, which in January found him guilty on a range of charges. They include research on kids opposing to their top clinical interests like the redundant use of a spinal tap or lumbar puncture.
The board ruled that Professor John Walker Smith, Head of the Department where Dr. Wakefield worked, should as well be erased from the register on the grounds of grave professional delinquency.
Dr. Wakefield was not present at the court, so no submissions were there to mitigate the ruling. But he has the right to place a plea against the decision taken by the High Court.
Prof. Terence Stephenson, President of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, said that the fake advice on the association between autism and the MMR vaccination has brought untold damage to the UL vaccination program.