Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dr. Freddy Patel; (2): His professional conduct is under scrutiny once again - at the Ian Tomlinson tribune; The Guardian;

STORY: "Ian Tomlinson tribunal: pathologist failed in main areas, says expert," by reporter Helen Carter, published in the Guardian on August 15, 2012.

GIST: "A disciplinary panel said on Monday that Patel was dishonest and "liable to bring his profession into disrepute". In his initial postmortem report, Patel said Tomlinson had died of coronary artery disease. But questions were raised after footage obtained by the Guardian showed Tomlinson being struck with a baton and falling to the ground and a second report was written by the pathologist. The panel said the cause of death determined by Patel in the case was wrong and it described his conduct as misleading. Findings identified a total of 68 failings in the case by the pathologist. The panel will determine if Patel's fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct and/or deficient professional performance and will consider whether he should be allowed to continue as a pathologist, be suspended or struck off the medical register. The panel will review a 10-week suspension of Patel's registration, which was directed in May. An inquest jury found Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed, and a number of pathologists gave evidence that he died of internal bleeding. None of them agreed with Patel's opinion on the cause of death. The police officer who struck Tomlinson and pushed him to the ground, PC Simon Harwood, was last month cleared of manslaughter following a trial. The officer claimed he had used reasonable force. Last year, Patel was given a four-month ban for dishonesty and omitting key findings after examining the body of a murder victim who he said had died from natural causes."

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