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Doctors 'must demonstrate competency every year'

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A group of families is calling for a public inquiry into the work of pathologist Dr Freddy Patel who has been struck off the medical register for making some serious mistakes in the case of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died during a demonstration in London.

Andrew Hosken has been speaking to some of the families who say their complaints have been ignored for years.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council, said they are pleased that Freddy Patel has been removed from the register.

He told the Today programme that the new regulations being introduced will include a system of checks requiring doctors to "demonstrate each year that they are practicing competently"

"Doctors have the capacity to do harm so it is important there is a system of checks," he told John Humphrys.

He said that Dr Patel "absolutely lacked the ability to reflect on his own practice, he didn't have insight into his own failings."


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