Member for Burnett Rob Messenger and former patient George Pauza outside the Bundaberg Police Station.
Member for Burnett Rob Messenger and former patient George Pauza outside the Bundaberg Police Station. Mike Knott

Patel group files complaint

PATIENTS of disgraced former Bundaberg Hospital surgeon Jayant Patel have lodged an official police complaint against two men who employed him.

Patel Action and Support Group member George Pauza joined Member for Burnett Rob Messenger to meet with officers from the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Bureau yesterday.

Their complaints related to the conduct of former Bundaberg Hospital director of medical services Darren Keating and former district health manager Peter Leck.

“The Queensland Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry made a number of adverse findings against Dr Keating and Mr Leck and other senior bureaucrats,” Mr Messenger said.

Among the complaints lodged, Mr Messenger requested an investigation into whether Mr Leck was an accessory after the fact because he failed to ensure complaints and concerns were properly investigated.

Mr Messenger also alleged Mr Leck authorised a $3547 one-way business class air fare for Patel to return to the United States.

The complaints against Dr Keating allege he failed to take steps to ensure, prior to and immediately after employing Patel, that he was subject to a process of credentialling.

“This is just the beginning,” Mr Messenger said.

“We will not stop until justice is served, and is seen to be served, to the long-suffering victims of this dark chapter in Queensland's history.”

Mr Pauza said he and other former Patel patients were upset Dr Keating and Mr Leck had escaped scrutiny.

“I think they should pay a price for what they have done in ignoring the complaints,” he said.

“It is in our best interest to get some answers into what happened. Unless we speak up nothing will be done because the government of Queensland does not want anything to happen.”

Patel was convicted in June on three charges of manslaughter and one of causing grievous bodily harm and sentenced to seven years' jail.

His lawyers have now lodged an appeal against the conviction and sentence.

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