Surgeon loses appeal against manslaughter

DISGRACED Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel has lost his appeal against his seven-year jail sentence for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

The Queensland Court of Appeal handed down it’s judgement last week, nearly two weeks after Mr Patel’s legal team argued their client had not had a fair trial.

The same court also dismissed the appeal by the Queensland attorney-general for Patel’s sentence to be increased to more than 10 years.

In July 2010, Mr Patel was jailed for seven years after a jury found him guilty of the manslaughter of Gerry Kemps, 77, James Phillips, 46, and Mervyn Morris, 75. He was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Ian Rodney Vowles, 62.

The convictions relate to his time as a surgeon at Bundaberg Hospital between March 2003 and April 2005.

Mr Patel is also still facing eight fraud charges. It is alleged he lied to secure employment at Bundaberg Base Hospital.