The General Medical Council has accepted a highly critical ruling from the High Court, which quashed a decision of its fitness to practise panel to strike off a leading professor at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

A spokeswoman for the GMC said that it would not be appealing against the decision in the case of Professor John Walker-Smith, who had carried out tests on children which were later used by colleague Dr Andrew Wakefield to claim there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Mr Justice Mitting said both Walker-Smith and Wakefield had appealed after the GMC erased their names from the register in 2010, but Wakefield had subsequently abandoned his appeal.

The court heard that at a pr...

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