A PATHOLOGIST has been cleared after an inquiry into a post-mortem report which led to a surgeon being charged with manslaughter.
But Dr Kenneth Shorrock has been "reminded of his responsibilities" after omitting a vital sentence in the document.
Dr Shorrock wrote two reports on the death of Liversedge woman Gladys Allen, 78, who died after surgery for a tumorous kidney at Dewsbury District Hospital in January, 2000.
The first report cleared surgeon Hurais Syed and said the surgery was necessary.
But a second report - written 11 months later - omitted the vital sentence saying surgery was 'necessary', which would have left the surgeon in the clear.
In April, 2002, Mr Syed was charged with the manslaughter of Mrs Allen, on the grounds of gross neglect.
But he was cleared at Leeds Crown Court last May, when the judge halted proceedings, saying there was no case to answer.
Mr Syed reported Dr Shorrock to the Home Office because of concerns over his conduct regarding the second post-mortem report.
An inquiry by the Home Office policy advisory board for forensic pathology said there were no serious failings by Dr Shorrock.
It said there was no intention to mislead.
But the inquiry team added: "The board considers that a pathologist should seldom, if ever, amend a report which he has already issued."
Dr Shorrock had initially concluded there was no evidence of any deficiency in Mrs Allen's treatment. But he left out the sentence in his second report.
The Home Office inquiry said Dr Shorrock had given a reason for the change to the police.
But the explanation "may not have been transparent", said the Home Office.
The inquiry board said: "Dr Shorrock has been reminded of his responsibilities with respect to all of these issues."