Indian doc hid misconduct history,says prosecutor

Indian-origin doctor Jayant Patel,facing manslaughter charges in the deaths of 13 patients in Australia,had doctored his resume and concealed his history of alleged misconduct....

Written by Press Trust Of India | Melbourne | Published:February 10, 2009 1:14 am

Indian-origin doctor Jayant Patel,facing manslaughter charges in the deaths of 13 patients in Australia,had doctored his resume and concealed his history of alleged misconduct in the US while applying for a job at a Brisbane hospital,a court was told on Monday.

Patel presented himself as a bored wealthy retired surgeon when he applied at Bundaberg Base Hospital in 2002,prosecutors said in the first day of Patel’s pre-trial hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court,six months after his extradition from the US.

Dr Kees Nydam,the former acting director of medical services at Bundaberg,told the court that he had no idea Patel had faced more than a decade of disciplinary action in the US,including charges of gross misconduct,and would not have employed him had he known this.

An application he made for medical registration in Queensland was also fraudulent,prosecutors said. Prosecutor Ross Martin said Patel had “dishonestly gained” the position of senior medical officer at the hospital. Patel did not reveal his medical licence was suspended in New York in the 1980s after allegations of negligence and fraud,he said.

It is also alleged that Patel lied about the length of time he worked at his previous employer,to avoid facing questions about gaps in his employment.

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