G20 pathologist Freddy Patel ‘not fit to practise’
21st August 2012
The pathologist who conducted the first post-mortem tests on a man who died in 2009 G20 protests in London is not fit to practise, a tribunal has ruled.
Dr Freddy Patel wrongly said Ian Tomlinson died from heart problems. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service said his work was “deficient” and will now decide upon sanctions.
Pc Simon Harwood, who had pushed Mr Tomlinson to the ground but was cleared of manslaughter, now faces Met Police disciplinary proceedings in September.
Dr Patel’s conclusion that Mr Tomlinson died of a cardiac arrest was questioned when a recording emerged showing him being pushed and struck with a baton by Pc Harwood.
Further medical reports suggested he had actually died from an injury to his liver that caused internal bleeding and then cardiac arrest. Reacting to the ruling, Mr Tomlinson’s widow, Julia, said Dr Patel’s “incompetence” had given the family “an uphill battle for justice from the start”.
“He mislead everyone saying that Ian had died of a heart attack when in fact he had died of internal bleeding.
- Ian Tomlinson pathologist brought profession into disrepute, tribunal finds (guardian.co.uk)
- G20 doctor ‘not fit to practise’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Pathologist criticised for ‘deficient’ performance in Ian Tomlinson case (independent.co.uk)
- UK News: Patel ‘deficient’ in Tomlinson case (walesonline.co.uk)