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GMC is asked to draw up clearer rules for pathologists carrying out postmortem examinations

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5293 (Published 03 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5293
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The director of public prosecutions for England and Wales, Keir Starmer, has asked the General Medical Council to set out clear rules for pathologists carrying out post mortems in suspicious deaths after the case of Ian Tomlinson, who died during the G20 protest in London in 2009.

Starmer, has written to GMC chairman Peter Rubin expressing serious concerns about the initial postmortem examination into the death of Tomlinson, who died after being struck by riot policeman Simon Harwood and collapsing during the protest in 2009.

The original examination was carried …

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