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Richard Freeman permanently struck off medical register

Former British Cycling and Team Sky chief doctor found guilty of ordering testosterone for an athlete in 2011

Will Strickson
19 Mar 2021

Richard Freeman has been permanently struck off the medical register, meaning he can no longer practise medicine in the UK.

The former British Cycling and Team Sky chief doctor was found guilty of ordering testosterone to British Cycling HQ for an athlete in 2011.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal judged his fitness to practise was impaired, issuing the strongest sanction possible, saying his 'behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with registration'.

It concluded: 'The tribunal has therefore determined that erasure is the only sufficient sanction which would protect patients, maintain public confidence in the profession and send a clear message to Dr Freeman, the profession and the public that his misconduct constituted behaviour unbefitting and incompatible with that of a registered doctor.'

A decision now has to be made whether the sanction should be imposed immediately or if he can continue to work for the 28-day period during which he has the right to appeal.

Freeman is currently practising in Lancashire, helping the Covid-19 vaccination rollout.

Simon Jackson, General Medical Council QC said prior to the judgement that Freeman's actions deserved the most severe sanctions due to the 'seriousness of his [Freeman's] misconduct in terms of ordering Testogel for a prescribed purpose, the seriousness and repetition of breaches of good medical practise, a persisting lack of insight and the risk of repetition'.

He also added that Freeman 'told lies out of self-preservation to protect himself and ignored the wreckage created', while the tribunal decision last week said, 'Dr Freeman abused the professional trust of colleagues and friends, publicly traduced the reputation of another professional, and deliberately misled UKAD, among other matters.'