Dr Richard Freeman requested that his medical tribunal be adjourned so he could help administer the coronavirus vaccine.
Freeman, a former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, is facing a medical misconduct hearing over claims he ordered the 30 banned testosterone sachets that were delivered to British Cycling HQ in 2011, and then lying to cover up the order.
The BBC reports that Freeman last week submitted a request for the hearing to be delayed again after he was asked by an NHS practice to help give Covid-19 vaccinations.
But the request was “strongly opposed” by the General Medical Council, which has brought the case against Freeman, and the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) eventually shut down the submission, so the hearing will continue.
Freeman was asked by the NHS practice in Lancashire where he works if he could help the UK’s mass vaccination programme.
The request, made on behalf of Freeman by his legal representatives, said: “We write to request an adjournment… to allow him [Dr Freeman] to undertake the duties that the practice wish him to. We strongly believe that the Covid crisis position should take precedence.”
But the MPTS refused the request, saying the adjournment was “not in the interests of justice.”
After years of delays and setbacks, the case resumes on Friday (January 22), where both parties will give their closing submissions, with a decision expected in March.
Freeman’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal hearing, being held in Manchester, centres around allegations Freeman ordered 30 testosterone sachets, which were delivered to British Cycling headquarters in Manchester in 2011, and then lied to cover up the order.
He has admitted 18 of the 22 charges against him, but denies the banned substance was ordered for an athlete to dope, instead claiming he was “bullied” into ordering the testosterone by Shane Sutton to treat Sutton’s erectile dysfunction. Sutton denies this.