Andrew Wakefield, the doctor at the centre of MMR, who has been held under a number of charges of misconduct at work, will now be appearing before the General Medical Council in central London.
The GMC panel held the doctor in January under the charges off abusing his position of trust while looking for a link between the MMR vaccine, bowel disease and autism. Also, he exhibited disrespect for the poor conditions of the suffering children and registered some of the youngsters to unnecessary tests.
The panel explained that his actions will be considered as the violation of professional ethics. Two more professionals, professors John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch, have been booked under similar charges with him. The two were involved in the research with him.
The GMC panel will now decide what are the exact charges under which the three shall be held and the suitable punishments for them.
Dr. Wakefield and Professors John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch have exhibited their disappointment at the procedure of trial. Dr. said that the allegations are baseless and unjust.
The controversies crept up when his study appeared in The Lancet medical journal in 1998. It triggered a severe dip in the number of children receiving the vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella.