Dr Richard Freeman requested that his medical tribunal be adjourned so he might assist administer the coronavirus vaccine.
Freeman, a former Staff Sky and British Cycling physician, is going through a medical misconduct listening to over claims he ordered the 30 banned testosterone sachets that have been delivered to British Biking HQ in 2011, after which mendacity to cowl up the order.
The BBC studies that Freeman final week submitted a request for the listening to to be delayed once more after he was requested by an NHS observe to assist in giving Covid-19 vaccinations.
However the request was “strongly opposed” by the Common Medical Council, which has introduced the case in opposition to Freeman, and the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ultimately shut down the submission, so the listening to will proceed.
Freeman was requested by the NHS observe in Lancashire the place he works if he might assist the UK’s mass vaccination programme.
The request, made on behalf of Freeman by his authorized representatives, stated: “We write to request an adjournment… to permit him [Dr Freeman] to undertake the duties that the observe want him to. We strongly imagine that the Covid disaster place ought to take priority.”
However the MPTS refused the request, saying the adjournment was “not within the pursuits of justice.”
After years of delays and setbacks, the case resumes on Friday (January 22), the place each events will give their closing submissions, with a call anticipated in March.
Freeman’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal listening to, being held in Manchester, centres round allegations Freeman ordered 30 testosterone sachets, which have been delivered to British Biking headquarters in Manchester in 2011, after which lied to cowl up the order.
He has admitted 18 of the 22 expenses in opposition to him, however denies the banned substance was ordered for an athlete to dope, as an alternative claiming he was “bullied” into ordering the testosterone by Shane Sutton to deal with Sutton’s erectile dysfunction. Sutton denies this.