“Blunderburg” revisited

Caroline M de Costa
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10966
Published online: 16 January 2012

This is a compelling read. Dr Jayant Patel arrived at Queensland’s Bundaberg Hospital on April Fools’ Day 2003 and, in the words of former Federal Health Minister Michael Wooldridge, “walked into an environment tailor-made for disaster to occur”. In June 2010, he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm involving four patients operated on in Bundaberg. An appeal was dismissed.

  • James Cook University School of Medicine, Cairns, QLD



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