IMG assessment revamp could create another ‘Dr Death’ case, says RACGP

The case of Dr Jayant Patel serves as a 'stark warning' not to exclude medical colleges, says RACGP president Dr Nicole Higgins.
Former Queensland surgeon Jayant Patel (centre), 2013. Photo: AAP

A proposal to remove specialist medical colleges from the assessment of some IMGs wanting to work in Australia risks a repeat of the Dr Jayant Patel case — the US-trained surgeon dubbed ‘Dr Death’ by the media — the RACGP has warned. 

The college was responding to a government-commissioned review of IMG bureaucracy, which has suggested the Australian Medical Council take over assessment of doctors with specialist qualifications from ‘trusted’ countries such as the US, the UK and New Zealand.