Patients' group makes progress

Barrister Greg Williams meets with MP Rob Messenger and former patients of Jayant Patel.
Barrister Greg Williams meets with MP Rob Messenger and former patients of Jayant Patel. Mike Knott

ABOUT 25 former patients of disgraced surgeon Jayant Patel and their family members are still seeking what they see as justice for botched medical care they received from the doctor.

The group gathered at the QCWA Hall on Quay Street yesterday to meet with Brisbane-based non-practising barrister Greg Williams and MP Rob Messenger to discuss progress made since their first meeting in July.

Mr Williams said he was pleased with the progress that had been made in the case.

“In relation to compensation, we’ve got a questionnaire asking for all the details about their care so we can find out exactly what has happened to some patients,” he said.

“We are at the point where we are about to start collating that and comparing the experiences of different patients.”

Mr Williams said the group was also focusing on looking at how the crisis happened.

“We’re putting the focus on a couple of key players who worked within Queensland Health and whether they should have been held accountable,” he said.

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger said a number of new patients had attended the meeting.

“Between the two meetings I think we are going to have between 30 and 35 patients signed on and filling out questionnaires,” he said.

Mr Messenger said since the first meeting, the group had written to a number of organisations and were waiting on replies.

He said he planned to meet with hospital officials in the coming weeks regarding ongoing treatment of former patients.

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