London Evening Standard)
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A doctor to the Queen has been killed cycling in London, the Evening Standard can reveal.
Dr Peter Fisher, 67, was fatally injured in collision with a lorry in High Holborn yesterday morning.
He was a world expert in homeopathy and a member of the royal medical household, serving as homeopathic physician to the Queen for about 15 years.
Sir Marcus Setchell, Her Majesty’s former surgeon-gynaecologist, told the Standard: “He was much respected as a good doctor who saw homeopathy as complementary to medical care. We are all shocked by his tragic loss.”
Dr Fisher was the eighth cyclist killed in London this year, the fifth in collision with a lorry.
He was director of research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, in Bloomsbury, and president of the Faculty of Homeopathy. Greg White, chief executive of the Faculty of Homeopathy, said: “We have lost a leader, not just for the faculty but for homeopathy in the UK and worldwide.
“It’s no exaggeration to say Peter is an irreplaceable talent. He truly was a giant in all his fields of endeavour, which included clinician, researcher and academic.”
The collision with a CCF lorry, a sub-brand of Travis Perkins, on National Cycle to Work day, happened at about 9.30am, near the junction with Newton Street. Dr Fisher is thought to have been commuting to work and turned left off High Holborn.
Bystanders gave CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene before 10am.
Angie Bozianu, manager of the nearby Princess Louise pub, said: “I heard a woman screaming and I looked out of the window and he was under the wheel.
Fatal crash: the scene in Holborn where Dr Fisher was pronounced dead (@dolantalks/Twitter) “People tried to give him CPR and within five minutes the police and the ambulance were here.”
Dr Gualberto Diaz-Saez, scientific adviser for the Spanish Society of Homeopathic Medicine, knew Dr Fisher for 15 years and described him as “brilliant and committed”.
“He was a loving person, generous, committed, intelligent and he had a very clever sense of humour too. It was easy to laugh with him,” he said.
Dr Jose Eizayaga, an Argentinian doctor of homeopathy who had known Dr Fisher for about 30 years, said: “He was extremely honest, he was kind, respectful and admired in the homeopathic community. He did a great job in scientific medical research. He published many papers on homeopathy.”
He added: “I will remember him as exceptional in every sense. He was a cosmopolitan man who loved to travel and was very cultivated in classical music and art. He knew a lot about writers, philosophy, science and mathematics.”
The Holborn area is notorious for cyclist deaths and injuries. London Cycling Campaign, which is to hold a protest there next Monday evening, said it was the fourth fatality in five years.
The lorry driver stopped at the scene and is “assisting police with their inquiries”. He has not been arrested.
Dr Gill Gaskin, UCLH medical director, specialist hospitals board said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened to lose Dr Peter Fisher in such tragic circumstances.
“Peter was a highly regarded colleague and friend of many at the RLHIM, where he worked for more than 35 years.
“He was an international figure in homeopathy who was committed to holistic and compassionate care for his patients.
“He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and patients alike. Our deepest sympathies go out to Peter’s family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.”
A spokesperson from CCF said: “We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic accident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family, friends and colleagues of Dr Fisher at this time.
“We take safety incredibly seriously as a business – our drivers are trained in safe urban driving and our vehicles are required to pass regular safety checks. We are working closely with the police as part of the investigation to determine exactly what happened.”
In 2015 Moira Gemmill, 55, who had been appointed as a director of the Royal Collection Trust to work on the royal palaces, was killed in a HGV collision on Lambeth bridge as she cycled to work at St James’ Palace.
The Met appealed for witnesses to contact police on 0208 991 9555, quoting CAD 1899/15AUG.