FormerSky chief doctor Richard Freeman was permanently struck off the medical register on Friday after ordering banned testosterone. Last week, the found that Freeman ordered Testogel “knowing or believing” it was to be given to an unnamed rider for doping purposes in 2011.
The long-running tribunal said on Friday that Freeman’s behavior was “fundamentally incompatible with continued registration”. The sanction came a day after it public confidence in the profession and send a clear message to Dr. Freeman, the work, and the public that his misconduct constituted behavior unbefitting and incompatible with that of a registered doctor.fitness to practice was “impaired because of his misconduct”. In its decision on sanctions, the tribunal said: “Erasure is the only sufficient sanction which would protect patients, maintain
“The tribunal, therefore, determined that Dr. Freeman’s name be erased from the medical register.” This means he will no longer be able to work as a doctor in the UK. Freeman, 61, had previously admitted 18 of 22 charges against him but denied the central charge regarding the purpose of the.
A central plank of his defense was that he ordered the testosterone to treat former performance directorerectile dysfunction — something the Australian vehemently denied while giving evidence in 2019. In its ruling last week, the tribunal said it “did not believe he ordered the Testogel for Mr. Sutton”. There has been a frenzy of questions about who the drug was intended for and who else might have known about it. – –
Bradley Wiggins has called for a fresh probe into the scandal, a significant blow to the reputation of one of Britain’s flagship Olympic sports. Freeman, who was simultaneously employed by and Team Sky — now Ineos Grenadiers — between 2009 and 2015, resigned from British Cycling in 2017 because of ill health. He had already left Team Sky.
At last week’s verdict, he spoke about his shock that he had doped a rider in an interview with Britain’s Mail on Sunday. “It’s unbelievable,” he said, referring to the tribunal ruling. “I have never doped a rider in my life. I’m still toany evidence of this rider’s supposedly identity.” Freeman is also facing two UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) charges regarding ordering testosterone.
The doctor has been at the center of several controversies. He took delivery of a mystery package at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race in France, theunconfirmed despite a UKAD investigation that lasted 14 months. Freeman insisted the box contained a legal decongestant.
And he applied for controversial therapeutic use exemptions granted to Wiggins for the powerful anti-inflammatory drug triamcinolone before several. British Cycling, Team Sky (now Ineos), and Wiggins have always denied wrongdoing.
Freeman is currently working as a family doctor in theprogram. The tribunal will now him to continue working during a 28-day period in which he has the right to appeal.