No figure yet on payment for Patel patients

THE State Government is still delaying the release of the amounts paid out to former patients of disgraced former Bundaberg Hospital surgeon Jayant Patel.

In a question on notice last month, Member for Burnett Rob Messenger asked Premier Anna Bligh to provide details on compensation received by patients.

"As the government has indicated previously, the total payment of compensation to former Patel patients will be released when all claims are finalised," Ms Bligh said, when she provided the answer yesterday.

"This could potentially occur before the end of this year."

Ms Bligh said 387 claims had been lodged in the special process set up to provide compensation.

"A total of 297 claims have been settled; 89 claims have been closed because the claimant was not a Patel patient or the claimant did not suffer an adverse outcome; and one claim is in the final stages of being finalised," she said.

When asking the question, Mr Messenger said in 2006 the estimates committee heard the average payout for 69 claimants was $20,000 for each person.

Patel was sentenced in July 2010 to seven years jail for killing three patients and maiming a fourth.



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