An inquiry into how an Indian-trained doctor was allowed to practice freely in Australia despite a 20 year history of negligence and botched
operations in two U.S. states is set to begin Monday. Jayant Patel was given permission to practice medicine in Queensland state in 2003, despite a
string of failed operations and surgical malpractice claims in Oregon and New York. During his subsequent two-year tenure at Bundaberg Base Hospital,
67 patients died. The Medical Board of Queensland alleges Patel falsified his application to practice in Australia by removing his disciplinary
history, but acknowledges that it failed to check his application against records in the United States.
As a young surgeon in upstate New York, Jayant Patel was a rising star, called "brilliant" by the doctors who trained him.
But documents obtained by The Associated Press show a darker side — a long record of botched operations, lawsuits and allegations of negligence and
incompetence that have trailed him from New York to Oregon to Australia, where the media have given him the sobriquet "Dr. Death."
As details have emerged, the Indian-born doctor has taken on a Dr. Jekyll - Mr. Hyde image, raising questions about how he could keep practicing for
Patel, 55, now faces an inquiry into the deaths or serious injuries of 14 patients he treated during a brief tenure as chief surgeon in the Australian
outback. He has been banned from practice in Oregon and surrendered his New York license.
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There is more to the story then just malpractice; we now have the Australians asking for the resignation of their Prime Minister. Why you ask? When
Doctor Patel learned of the pending investigation at Easter he fled the country at the expense of the Australian taxpayers that is why. Queensland
Health authorized Dr Patel's one-way airfare from Australia to the US, a day after his contract was terminated. The business-class ticket cost nearly
$3,500. Patel has since believed to have fled the US to India, but that has not been confirmed.
What bothers me about this whole issue is the fact that NY, Red flagged him as did Oregon; yet he managed to go to Australia and practice there. Kind
of makes people wonder if hospitals actually check out the doctors they are hiring.
I am trying to trace the descrepancies between the AP figures of 14 deaths at this time and assume the differance may have been a typo since the
majority of the stories are showing the figure of 67 deaths, that is why I used the larger number in my intro.
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[edit on 5/22/2005 by shots]