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Rees-Mogg apologises after comparing no-deal NHS consultant to anti-vaxxer

The leading Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg has apologised after comparing a consultant who helped draw up no-deal medical plans to the disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield.

The leader of the Commons acted late on Thursday evening under intense pressure from the medical profession, as well as Westminster colleagues. In an unprecedented move, England’s most senior doctor condemned Rees-Mogg over the comments, , calling them “disrespectful”.

The criticism from Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, came after the doctor concerned, David Nicholl, said he would sue Rees-Mogg if he repeated the comments outside parliament.

The Brexiter had told MPs that, in warning about the possible effects of a no-deal Brexit on medical supplies, Nicholl was being as irresponsible as Wakefield, who was struck off the medical register in 2010 after suggesting a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Downing Street had distanced itself from Rees-Mogg’s remarks about Nicholl, a consultant neurologist who drew up a risk register of epilepsy and neurology drugs for the government’s Operation Yellowhammer no-deal plans.

Read more in The Guardian.

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