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Relatives call for Patel inquiry

6 September 2012

A group of families is calling for public inquiry into the controversial pathologist Dr Freddy Patel.

At least four families claim Dr Patel mishandled the post mortem examinations of their loved ones and say that a review of Patel’s case is the only way to restore confidence to the pathologists and coroners system.

The General Medical Council (GMC) erased Dr Patel from the Medical Register last month for a series of bungled post mortems, including that of the newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in April 2009. The GMC found that Dr Patel had made no fewer than 68 mistakes in that post mortem.

The families interviewed by Today say their case for an inquiry has been reinforced by the criticisms of Dr Patel by the GMC’s tribunal panel. The GMC concluded that Dr Patel was ‘dishonest’; that he ‘lacked insight’ and had a “rigid mid-set”, “a deep-seated attitudinal problem” and an “unwarranted belief” in his own abilities.

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