A doctor wants “lessons to be learned” from the tragic case of a nurse who set himself on fire after he lost his job.

Dr Narinder Kapur, a neuropsychologist from Harrow, paid tribute to Amin Abdullah, 41, who died after he doused himself in petrol and set himself alight outside Kensington Palace in February 2016.

Mr Abdullah was dismissed from his position at Charing Cross Hospital after he wrote a letter criticising a patient who had complained about a colleague.

He killed himself days before an appeal hearing about his case was due to be heard.

An independent report on Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s handling of the case found that he was treated “unfairly”.

It added that it should have tested the claims against Mr Abdullah more rigorously and criticised the “unduly harsh” response to his appeal requests.

Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive at the Trust, apologised to Mr Abdullah’s partner, Terry Skitmore, who had consistently called for an investigation.

“Above all else, it is now clear that we let Amin down and, for that, I am truly sorry,” he said.

Dr Kapur has supported Mr Skitmore in his campaign for justice and he hopes the report has a positive impact throughout the NHS.

“This tragic case has implications and ramifications for the NHS as a whole,” he said.

“We need to learn as many lessons as we can because things like this are happening up and down the country.

“This shouldn’t be happening in the 21st century, in what is meant to be a democracy – it’s taken a nurse to burn himself to death for people to realise this.”

He explained that he has faced similar issues in his career and, at one point, was suicidal himself.

And with more and more people living the NHS – and fewer willing to join – he believes there is a need for wholesale changes.

“People will become disillusioned or won’t want to work for the NHS when they see things like this – it’s not a good advertisement for our country,” he said.

“But I’m pleased to see the Trust give a fulsome apology, as they should. Amin has been totally vindicated.”

Dr Kapur and Mr Skitmore financially supported the investigation, and they intend to create an awards event in Mr Abdullah’s name for NHS workers who go “above and beyond”.

They also want to see the healthcare service develop to create better care for all and protect those who make it work.