Ex-British Cycling and Team Sky chief doctor Richard Freeman has been struck off the medical register permanently.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal found Dr Freeman’s fitness to practise impaired this week (18 March 2021), and consequently decided to erase his name from the medical register. 

The MPTS considered 22 complaints relating to his fitness to practise of which 21 was found proven.  The charges related to ordering of testosterone to British Cycling headquarters, as well as poor record-keeping and inappropriate treatment of non-riders between 2009 and 2017.

He said he was “shocked” by the GMC verdict and said he “was not a doper”, while Dr Freeman’s QC Mary O’Rourke has said an appeal to the High Court was “highly likely”.

It is reported that the MPTS said:

“In all the circumstances, the tribunal determined that Dr Freeman’s actions would be considered as deplorable by members of the public and fellow practitioners.

“The tribunal considered that Dr Freeman’s conduct surrounding the order of the Testogel amounted to a long and considered pattern of very serious dishonesty.”

On its decision regarding sanctions, it said it considered Dr Freeman’s behaviour as “fundamentally incompatible with continued registration”.

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