Disgraced surgeon banned for life

A QUEENSLAND judge has barred disgraced Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel from practising medicine in Australia, highlighting his lack of integrity, honesty and trustworthiness.

Dr Patel was today permanently banned from registration as a health professional in the country by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) brought disciplinary action against him on nine grounds, including four related to false and misleading material being used in his 2003 registration application.

The remaining five grounds involved medical procedures - four which were performed despite a "clinically inappropriate increased level of risk to the patient".

The tribunal found all nine grounds were warranted.

The MBA was not told that in 2000, US health authorities in Oregon had banned Dr Patel from performing pancreatic and liver surgeries and forced him to obtain second