G20 Pathologist Is Suspended for Misconduct

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Byline: Terry Kirby

THE pathologist who carried out the first post-mortem examination on newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson, who died at the G20 protest, was today suspended from the medical register for three months.

The punishment follows a General Medical Council disciplinary panel ruling last week that Dr Freddy Patel, 63, was guilty of misconduct in two earlier post-mortem examinations, meaning his fitness to practise was impaired.

The panel also ruled he had been professionally deficient in a third postmortem.

He has already been suspended from the Home Office register of forensic pathologists after questions were asked about the autopsy carried out on 47-year-old Mr Tomlinson, who died in London in April last year.

Dr Patel concluded that Mr Tomlinson, who was pushed to the ground by a police officer, died of natural causes but two other pathologists said Mr Tomlinson died from internal bleeding. The failure of the three pathologists to agree on the cause of Mr Tomlinson's death led to the Director of Public Prosecutions ruling that the policeman in question would not face any charges. …