Monday, March 14, 2011

Leading doctor guilty of 29 counts of misconduct

BBC News, 14 March 2011:

A pathologist criticised over reports into the death of a man at the G20 protests has been found guilty of 29 counts of misconduct in another case.

Dr Freddy Patel failed to properly examine the body of Sally White who was murdered in north London in 2002, the General Medical Council (GMC) found.

Cuts to her liver and bite marks could have been caused naturally, he said.

But a GMC panel ruled he acted dishonestly and in a manner likely to tarnish his profession.

Last year Dr Patel was suspended for three months for sub-standard work in three other cases.

And his decision that newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson had died from natural causes at the G20 demonstration was contradicted by another post-mortem examination which blamed abdominal bleeding.

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