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Doctor who suggested MMR-autism link to face charges

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Dr Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism, is due to learn whether he is guilty of unethical research practices after an investigation by the GMC.

It has been alleged that Dr Andrew Wakefield carried out “inappropriate and invasive” tests on children at his son’s birthday party and paid them £5 for blood samples .

The GMC will consider whether he is guilty of serious professional misconduct and if he should be struck off the medical register.

Dr Wakefield’s study into the link between MMR vaccinations and autism caused a large drop in the number of children given the triple jab for measles, mumps and rubella.

The case has been heard alongside those of two former colleagues, Professor John Walker-Smith and Professor Simon Murch.

They worked with Dr Wakefield at London’s Royal Free Hospital at the time and were among the 13 authors of the study.

All three have denied the charges of professional misconduct.

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