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G20 pathologist is suspended amid claims of broken post mortem rules

2nd July 2009

The pathologist who ruled one of Camden Ripper serial killer Anthony Hardy’s victims died of natural causes has been suspended by the pathologists’ monitoring board following a second controversy, the New Journal can reveal.

Dr Freddy Patel, who had been on a government register of accredited pathologists, was suspended on June 2 amid concern he was not following Home Office regulations

He was suspended by the Pathology Delivery Board after it emerged he did not meet requirements to have a contract with a police force and was not a member of a group practice – a team of three or more forensic pathologists who check each others’ work.

The discovery came after he carried out a forensic post mortem in to the death of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper vendor who died at the G20 riots in April.

His suspension means he cannot carry out any forensic post mortems for the Home Office – effectively, all cases involving suspicious deaths – while his conduct is investigated.

The breaches were uncovered during a routine review of the practice of pathologists on the Home Office list by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), the operational arm of the pathology board that monitor the register for the Home Office.

Dr Patel, who registered with the General Medical Council under the name Mohmed Saeed Sulema Patel in 1988, is still free to conduct post mortems, although his work is restricted to examining non-suspicious deaths.

He has carried out hundreds of post mortems and given evidence to scores of inquests at St Pancras Coroner’s Court in King’s Cross over the past 10 years.

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