Suspension of pathologist extended
A pathologist found guilty of serious misconduct over his post-mortem examination reports into the death of a victim of so-called "Camden Ripper" Anthony Hardy has had his suspension extended.
Dr Freddy Patel, who was originally suspended for four months earlier this year, will now be prevented from practising until December 31.
A General Medical Council (GMC) fitness to practise review panel said this would give the GMC ample time to prepare evidence on a new allegation which had emerged against him.
Dr Patel, 63, who was criticised over his part in the investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests, was found earlier this year to have omitted autopsy findings which he considered not "relevant" when examining the body of 31-year-old prostitute Sally White.
A GMC panel ruled in March that his fitness to practise was impaired and found him guilty of dishonesty regarding his CV. It went on to conclude that his behaviour was "fundamentally at odds with the role and responsibilities expected of a doctor" and suspended his registration for four months.
The sanctions were to take effect four weeks from when Dr Patel received written notification of his suspension.
The panel had found 29 allegations against his examination of Hardy's first victim were proved.
This included the assertion that he did not properly consider the location of her clothes, blood stains on her bedding and clothes or the location and position of Ms White's body in a locked room, in the flat of a recently arrested man.
The panel said Dr Patel had an "inflexible approach" to his autopsy conclusions and gave "superficial" consideration to the possibility she was asphyxiated, which fell "below the standard expected for a competent forensic pathologist".
Chair of the review panel Professor Brian Gomes da Costa said it had heard that the GMC case examiners had referred a new allegation to a fitness to practise panel.