Queensland’s attorney-general says former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel is wasting his time applying for compensation for time spent in jail in the state.
There is no way the government will award compensation to former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel, Queensland’s attorney-general says.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says he is aware Mr Patel, 63, plans to write to the government to seek compensation for time he spent in jail, but he has not yet received anything.
Mr Patel was convicted and jailed in Queensland in 2010 of three counts of manslaughter and one of grievous bodily harm relating to surgeries on patients, but the convictions were quashed on appeal last year.
He has since moved back to the US after receiving a two-year suspended sentence in Brisbane last year for lying to gain employment as a surgeon in Queensland.
Mr Bleijie said the high-profile surgeon was wasting his time by seeking compensation.
“There will be no compensation, there will be no entertainment of the idea of compensation,” Mr Bleijie said.
“That’s an insult to Queenslanders, that’s an insult to Bundaberg residents.
“Mr Patel can write to me if he wishes, but that’s the response that we will give.”
Mr Bleijie said Mr Patel was “a convicted fraudster” and he would not consider any amount of compensation at all, no matter how small.
During Mr Patel’s fraud sentencing, the court heard he was banned from conducting certain major surgeries without a second opinion in Oregon in 2000 and struck off New York’s roster of physicians in 2001.
He failed to disclose the restrictions to Queensland’s medical board and lied about his credentials to get a job at Bundaberg Base Hospital in 2003.
Criminal negligence charges were finally dropped against Mr Patel last year after two retrials failed to secure convictions.
Before his successful appeal, he had spent two-and-a-half years in jail in Australia.