Dr Jayant Patel
« Thread started on: May 19th, 2010, 03:05am »
Will he be found guilty or not guilty in your opinion and if found guilty what length of sentencing would be put in place?
I think he will be found not guilty. Even if he were to found guilty the sentence will be very light. So far all that prosecution has done is to prove that he might have been a bad surgeon working in a hospital that was under staffed, under funded and under equipped. I am concerned about the big let down many will feel when he is not crucified. The government had raised the expectation so high that it is not possible to meet them. Prosecution could have definitely done a better job. Prosecution has a difficult job of defining as to at what point in time a bad surgical result is equal to manslaughter.
If Dr Patel is convicted of any of the manslaughter charges, he will be the first doctor in Australia since Dr William Valentine in 1843 to be found liable for the manslaughter of a patient. This, perhaps astonishing fact, must be further considered against the extremely small number of doctors who have actually been charged with the manslaughter of their patients. This is also despite regular damming reports in the media concerning the number of deaths attributed to sub-standard medical treatment.
In 2002, the Medical Error Action Group reported that each year more than 18,000 people die in Australia from 'avoidable medical adverse events'. In January 2009, it was reported that:
A four-year study of NSW hospitals has revealed staff and senior health bureaucrats blame each other for shocking errors, including deaths of patients. The statewide 'safety check' found patients were at significant risk of death or injury from falls, medication errors, staffing levels, lax infection control and mistakes in diagnosis and treatment.