Big Rob wrote:
Doctor struck off in MMR jab row wins fight to clear his name: High Court judge overturns the GMC's ruling
Mr Justice Mitting criticised the disciplinary panel’s ‘inadequate and superficial reasoning’ and ‘wrong conclusions’ before ruling: ‘The panel’s determination cannot stand. I therefore quash it.’
He called for such cases to be overseen by someone with ‘judicial experience’ in future.
Yeah.... like I trust the judicial process in the UK....
Birmingham six, Guildford four etc. etc.....
Who overlooks the judiciary?
I think you may have been misled by that headline which, as usual, bears little resemblance to what actually happened. This doctor hasn't won any "fight to clear his name": what he has won is a finding that the procedure by which he was struck off was flawed, mainly because the panel failed in its central job of making a funding about whether Walker-Smith believed he was carrying out genuine investigation and treatment of his patients, or if he believed he was undertaking research in the guise of clinical investigation and treatment. If the latter, he deserved the finding that he had been guilty of serious professional misconduct and the sanction of erasure, and if not, not. As this went to the root of the entire decision, it could not stand. So the very best that he can say about this finding is that it was a verdict of not provent.
However, as the Mail reports, the judge went out of his way to say
There is now no respectable body of opinion which supports [Dr Wakefield’s] hypothesis that MMR vaccine and autism [or] enterocolitis are causally linked.
Which doesn't exactly leave the guy squeaky clean, given that there's a finding on the official record that he lent his name to a theory which is wholly discredited.