G20 pathologist acted irresponsibly in earlier cases

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4711
  1. Helen Mooney, London

    The Home Office pathologist who suggested that the newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson had died of a heart attack during the G20 protest in London in April 2009 behaved irresponsibly in a series of other autopsies, a General Medical Council disciplinary panel has ruled.

    The GMC found Freddy Patel had been “irresponsible” in earlier unrelated examinations; he could now be suspended or struck off the medical register at a later hearing.

    Dr Patel’s findings on the death of Mr Tomlinson differed from those of two colleagues, and led to no charges being brought over the death …

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