Australian Doctor Sentenced to Seven Years for Manslaughter
July 1, 2010
Queensland (ChattahBox) – An Indian-born doctor dubbed Dr. Death by Australian media has been sentenced to seven years on manslaughter charges against several patients, as well as grievous bodily harm of another.
Jayant Patel moved to Australia from the United States, where he has citizenship, after being banned from practicing medicine in New York and Oregon.
He went to work for Queensland’s Bundaberg Base Hospital as a surgeon, where he quickly gained a reputation for being incompetent to the point of being dangerous.
It was so bad, the BBC says, that nurses used to hide patients from him, in a desperate attempt to protect them from the mistakes he would likely make during his operations.
Between 2003 and 2005, several patients died due to mistakes made during his surgical procedures, which were said to be well under par by even the most basic medical standards.
He has been sentenced in the deaths of Gerry Kemps, James Phillips and Mervyn Morris, as well as of causing serious harm to Ian Vowles.
He will serve seven years in prison.