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Martin J. Walker on the UK GMC Fitness to Practice Hearing

Posted Mar 27 2009 12:00am

General Medical Council Managing Editor's Note: We will be running reports from Martin J. Walker on the UK GMC fitness to practice hearing against Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Prof. Simon Murch and Prof. Walker Smith regularly.

By Martin J. Walker

In 2007 I began reporting the General Medical Council (GMC) fitness to practice hearing against Dr Andrew Wakefield, Professor Simon Murch and Professor Walker Smith. I started reporting the hearing because I was working on a book about Dr Wakefield's case. However, within a very short time I had become a part if the campaign supporting Dr Wakefield and the parents who had sought his help.

Although the hearing was meant to last no longer than three months, I am still there periodically reporting the hearing that has sat now for 124 days and lasted over two years. I now report the hearing for the parents, who because they have autistic children often find it very difficult to get to London and attend themselves.

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