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A public inquiry has been called into pathologist Freddy Patel, who was struck off following the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson.

The Tomlinson family and three other families say Mr Patel made significant mistakes when  carrying out post-mortem examinations of their relatives.

Mr Tomlinson died after being hit by a police officer in London in 2009. Mr Patel initially said Mr Tomlinson had died of cardiac arrest but after a video emerged of him having been struck by a baton, a second post-mortem examination was performed and it emerged he had died of internal injuries.

At his Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing last month it emerged Mr Patel had also made errors in at least three other cases. The Reverend Robert Lloyd-Richards, who chaired the MPTS panel, said Mr Patel had an "unwarranted confidence" in his ability, "a deep-seated attitudinal problem" and also "lacked insight", reported the BBC.

One significant case in which Mr Patel was found to have made grave errors was that of 31-year-old prostitute Sally White. After his examination in 2002, he claimed she died from "natural causes" despite her having injuries including a bite mark and a head wound.

Her naked body was found in a Camden flat which was owned by Anthony Hardy - a serial killer known as the Camden Ripper. There were bloodstains on White’s clothes and the bed, as well as the wall of the room in which she was found. Hardy went on to kill two more victims after police took no action against him regarding Miss White.

Last year Mr Patel was given a four-month ban for dishonesty and omitting key findings in the Sally White case.

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