Patel has new court date

SURGEON Jayant Patel's appeal against his convictions will be heard in November.

The hearing has been set down for three days from November 3 in Brisbane.

Patel, 60, was sentenced on July 1 to seven years' jail for the manslaughter of three patients and causing grievous bodily harm to a fourth.

The charges related to Patel's time as director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital between 2003 and 2005.

Last month Patel's lawyers lodged a notice that their client would appeal his convictions on the grounds the verdicts were unreasonable and not supported by the evidence.

Queensland's Attorney-General Cameron Dick has lodged a counter-appeal, seeking an increase in the disgraced doctor's sentence.

He will also argue that Patel should be declared a serious violent offender.

During a brief review yesterday in the Brisbane Supreme Court, Crown barrister David Meredith said other fraud-related charges Patel was facing would not proceed until after the Court of Appeal matters were finalised.

The eight fraud charges, relating to Patel's registration as a doctor in Queensland, would be reviewed in December.

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