Doctor accused of providing ‘dishonest and misleading’ medical reports for G20 protest death in Manchester hearing

By Dean Wilkins

A doctor who provided medical reports over the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests is appearing in front of a Manchester council to determine if he is fit to practice.

Dr Freddy Patel is accused of providing misleading and dishonest information as well as jeopardising his profession over his handling of the post-mortem examination of Mr Tomlinson, 47, who died after being struck by PC Simon Harwood during London protests in 2009.

Dr Patel is currently suspended from practising after his suggestion that the 47-year-old died from a heart attack was challenged by an American tourist who filmed him PC Harwood striking his victim with a baton.

On further investigation, reports suggested that in fact Mr Tomlinson died from an injury to his liver that caused internal bleeding and then cardiac arrest.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester are now holding a hearing that could see Dr Patel being banned from medical practice for life.

Dr Patel is alleged to have wrongly concluded that ‘there were no significant marks of violence from assault or forceful restraint’ despite having seen CCTV footage of Mr Tomlinson being hit with a baton by a policeman.

The panel will consider if Dr Patel’s fitness to practise was impaired and the hearing is expected to last up to three weeks.

PC Harwood was cleared of the manslaughter of Mr Tomlinson last month after claiming he used reasonable force when he hit Mr Tomlinson with a baton and shoved him to the ground as he walked away from police lines in the City of London in 2009.

Mr Tomlinson, who was a heavy drinker and suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, had been homeless numerous times in his life.

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