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Court ruling ends Patel inquiry

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:536
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    A commission of inquiry into the appointment, conduct, and oversight of Jayant Patel, the doctor at the centre of investigations after 13 deaths at Queensland's Bundaberg Hospital (BMJ 2005;330:985), has been disbanded.

    It follows a Supreme Court of Queensland ruling that Commissioner Tony Morris QC, heading the investigation, had “ostensible bias” against two government health officials.

    The decision followed applications to the Supreme Court by Darren Keating, the director of medical services at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, and his superior, Peter Leck, the Queensland health district manager.

    In his decision Justice Moynihan found that …

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