CMC to ignore call for charges

MEMBER for Burnett Rob Messenger is now calling for the Attorney-General and the Department of Public Prosecutions to lay criminal fraud charges against disgraced surgeon Jayant Patel’s former boss.

The pleas for charges to be laid against former Bundaberg Hospital director of medical services Darren Keating come despite Crime and Misconduct Commission chairman Martin Moynihan stating in a letter obtained by the NewsMail that there was not sufficient evidence for the charges to be laid.

Mr Messenger had called for an investigation after it was found charges had not been laid against Dr Keating, despite legal advice.

“The CMC remains of the view, as previously advised, that there is no basis for it to investigate these matters,” the letter read.

Mr Moynihan has also decided there was no misconduct on the part of Queensland police or the former CMC administration in not pursuing a case against Dr Keating.

But Mr Messenger said he still believed Dr Keating’s guilt or innocence should be decided by a jury.

Dr Keating resigned from Queensland Health in 2005 and now works as a GP in Perth.

Patel was convicted in June on three counts of manslaughter and one of causing grievous bodily harm, relating to his time as head of surgery at Bundaberg Hospital from 2003-2005. His lawyers have launched an appeal.

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