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Queensland report on deaths recommends sweeping changes

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:70
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    A review into the clinical services at Queensland's Bundaberg Hospital triggered by the deaths and injuries attributed to Jayant Patel (BMJ 2005;330:1468) has recommended sweeping procedural changes at the hospital and at Queensland Health, the responsible government department.

    Dr Patel operated on about 1000 patients while he was at the hospital between April 2003 and April 2005. The department had informed the commission of inquiry into Patel's service, headed by Tony Norris QC, that 88 of Dr Patel's patients had died.

    A clinical case review by Peter Woodruff, an associate professor, found …

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