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FBI arrests doctor wanted in Australia

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:634
  1. Bob Burton
  1. 1Hobart

Jayant Patel, a surgeon sought by the police in Queensland over allegations concerning his medical registration and his performance at a hospital in the state, has been arrested in Oregon by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Dr Pateloperated on about 1000 patients while he was at Bundaberg Base Hospital between April 2003 and April 2005. Australian authorities want Dr Patel extradited from the United States to face 16 charges, including three of manslaughter, two of causing injuries, and seven counts of fraud. US Department of Justice documents filed with the District Court for Oregon state that Dr Patel “faces up to two life terms plus …

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