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Verdict brings heartache

NOT GUILTY: Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel.
NOT GUILTY: Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel. Dave Hunt

THE nurse who first raised the allegations of malpractice against former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel says there is "no glory" in the not guilty verdict brought down by a Brisbane Supreme Court jury on Wednesday.

"There is just injustice and more heartache for the people of Bundaberg," Toni Hoffman said.

Ms Hoffman said she was very disappointed and upset, especially for the family of Dr Patel's patient Mervyn John Morris, of whose manslaughter Dr Patel was found not guilty on Wednesday.

She said she also felt for the doctors and nurses % who gave evidence in his trial.

Ms Hoffman said public records showed Dr Patel had his licence restricted in 2000 to exclude any surgeries involving the pancreas, resections of the liver and construction of ileoanal pouches.

She said Dr Patel had agreed to a stipulated order in the United States that he would not perform surgeries involving the pancreas, any resections of the liver and any constructions of ileoanal pouches.

"In spite of this and after acknowledging this, he commenced these types of surgeries at Bundaberg Hospital," she said.

"Despite this, our legal system has not been able to make him accountable for his actions."

Former Member for Burnett Rob Messenger, who first raised the Patel case in State Parliament, said he had serious questions about the legal strategy pursued in the case.

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