Prof John Walker-Smith, who was part of Wakefield's research team that first suggested a connection between the vaccine and autism, was struck off by the GMC in 2010, along with Wakefield and another researcher.
But the decision was wrong, says the High Court which has overturned the decision, allowing Prof Walker-Smith to resume practice. Appeal court judge Mr Justice Mitting has called for changes in the way the GMC's panel hearings are conducted. The panel had displayed "inadequate and superficial reasoning, and, in a number of instances, a wrong conclusion," he said. In other words, Walker-Smith had been found guilty by association - and even being in any way connected to Wakefield was sufficient evidence to have him struck off.
(Source: BBC, March 7, 2012).