A Belfast doctor exposed by RTÉ's Prime Time as having directed a controversial bleach solution MMS be given to a Dublin child with autism has been voluntarily struck off by the UK's General Medical Council (GMC).

Finbar Magee applied to be removed from the GMC register in advance of a fitness to practice hearing due to be held at the GMC's Medical Practitioners Tribunal in November. He has been a doctor since 1987.

The GMC had been investigating Mr Magee following a Prime Time report which revealed that in 2011, he directed MMS be given to a three-year-old Dublin child with autism.

In correspondence with the Prime Time broadcast in May last year, Mr Magee defended MMS and other controversial treatments. 

In October, the GMC suspended his licence on an interim basis while it continued its investigations.

However, Mr Magee recently himself applied for erasure from the medical register and the GMC case examiners accepted a voluntary strike off. 

As a result, with immediate effect Mr Magee no longer has a licence to practice medicine and is no longer permitted to work as a doctor in the UK or in Northern Ireland, in private or public practice.

He can no longer hold himself out to be a doctor and any attempt to do so would be a criminal offence.

Last year's Prime Time report followed up on the RTÉ documentary Bleach Cult in which reporter Rita O'Reilly exposed the promotion of MMS, online and in Ireland.

The industrial bleach solution is pushed as a cure-all for disease, but also as a claimed "miracle cure" for autism. Its main promoters are part of a church, Genesis II, led by former gold prospector Jim Humble.

The main ingredient in MMS is sodium chlorite, an industrial bleach and disinfectant, which is oxidising, corrosive and harmful to the human body.