Police ‘understand patient angst’ over decision not to charge `Dr.Death’

November 14th, 2007 - 2:42 am ICT by admin  
Commissioner Bob Atkinson, however, was quoted by news.com.au as saying that he believed there was a sound case for the extradition of Dr Patel from the United States to face charges in a Queensland court.

Indian-born and trained Dr Patel worked as director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital in southeast Queensland. He fled to the US in April 2005 and has been linked to the deaths of 17 former patients at the hospital.

Queensland authorities last week ruled out any attempt to prosecute Darren Keating, who was the director of medical services at Bundaberg Hospital at the time Dr Patel worked there, because the time limit for such action had run out.

This was despite a 2005 inquiry finding Dr Keating had allegedly provided false or misleading information to the Medical Board of Queensland about Dr Patel’s registration.

The Queensland Patient Support Group, headed by Ian Fleming, a former patient of Dr Patel, at a meeting yesterday passed a motion of no confidence in Police Minister Judy Spence and Atkinson.

Atkinson, who has met patients, said he was not aware of the vote, but regretted any angst caused by charges not being pursued. Atkinson said the federal attorney-general’s office was liaising with US justice department authorities. (ANI)

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