The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal have struck Phil Shiner off the SRA register.
We have received such a huge wave of support that we believe that, in the eyes of the public, Derek’s name is already cleared.
The GMC have said: ‘We carried out a thorough and independent investigation into the allegations that we received about Dr Keilloh. That case relied on a substantial body of witness evidence……’
‘For that reason we don’t believe the panel’s decision to erase Dr Keilloh from the medical register is called into question by Mr Shiner’s professional conduct.’
We ask: if that 'substantial body of evidence' was supplied by Phil Shiner, had it already been manipulated and embellished? At what point in time did Phil Shiner begin to behave unprofessionally?
Please do continue to encourage friends and family to sign our petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/support-Derek-Keilloh
We really value all the support we have had and are still getting
Thank you all!
To: Parliament and the GMC/MPTS
Clear Derek Keilloh's name
Please ask the GMC to review Derek Keilloh's Fitness to Practice case and clear his name.
He is a man of integrity and honour. His former patients and colleagues declared him to be a caring, excellent doctor.
Why is this important?
Derek was struck off the medical practitioners register on 21 December 2012 because the MPTS decided that he should have known that Iraqi detainees were receiving inhumane treatment at the hands of the British Army in Basra in 2003. The MPTS concluded that Dr Keilloh had repeatedly lied under oath about his experiences during and after the resuscitation he attempted on the Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa.
The MPTS is not required to ‘prove beyond all reasonable doubt’ as is a court of law, only decide ‘on the balance of probabilities’. Dr Keilloh has consistently maintained that he did not report inhumane treatment of the Iraqi detainees because he had no knowledge of it. He was new to the regiment and had no motive to be untruthful.
The press has repeatedly used an image of the face of Baha Mousa to show the bruising caused by the beatings he had received. This photograph was taken six days after the death and after a journey through the desert to where the post-mortem took place. The MPTS heard evidence from several pathologists who disagreed about how visible the bruising would have been at the time of death.
We are shocked by the unacceptable inhumane treatment that caused the tragic death of Baha Mousa. It is accepted by all concerned that Derek did everything possible to save his life under severely difficult conditions.
At that time he was a young doctor put into a situation way beyond his experience. The war in Iraq was at its most intense. He was working in a hostile environment, with a heavy workload and without proper support. It was not even clear that the Iraqi civilian detainees were his responsibility.
After these traumatic events Derek worked as a GP in Northallerton, North Yorkshire and built up an exemplary reputation with his patients, colleagues and other caring professionals. He has a young family to support and they had already suffered nine years of stress and uncertainty, until his erasure in 2012.
We do not feel that it is in the public interest to have a community deprived of their so obviously well-loved and much appreciated family doctor. We urged the MPTS to consider lifting the sanctions imposed in order clear Derek's name. However they are not able to review their own cases so we will take this petition to Parliament.
Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) was acting for the Iraqi families when he reported Derek to the GMC for fitness to practice. PIL has been under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) since the collapse of the Al Sweady Public Inquiry for 'lack of credible evidence'. The Ministry of Defence presented a dossier of allegations against Phil Shiner to the SRA.
During the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing twenty two of the twenty four charges against Phil Shiner were proven beyond all reasonable doubt (the criminal standard of proof). On the morning of 2 February 2017 he was declared dishonest and was 'struck off' on the grounds of professional misconduct. We believe that he brought the case against Derek Keilloh in order to raise his profile before he went on to make further claims against the British Army. Phil Shiner was the only person to benefit from this action - Derek, his family and his patients were the victims.
The whole story is now on www.justice4drkeilloh.org.uk
How it will be delivered
Having heard that the MPTS cannot legally review their own cases we submitted the petition to Parliament via our MP, Rishi Sunak and copied to the MPTS.
The petition of 3,496 signatures was delivered it to Parliament on the day Theresa May became Prime Minister. Parliament eventually contacted us to tell us they have no jurisdiction over the GMC/MPTS.