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2008-06-27 12:03:09

While at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, Jayant Patel is alleged to have punctured vital organs during surgery, failed to detect obvious breast cancers and hernias, and tampered with patient notes to conceal his incompetence. Nurses were so alarmed by his surgical blunders that they hid patients from him as he roamed the wards in search of people to operate on. More than 20 formal complaints were made, but they went unheeded, and Queensland health authorities helped Dr Patel to flee the...

2008-06-27 09:03:10

By Kathy Marks An American surgeon known as "Doctor Death" to medical staff at the Queensland hospital where he worked for two years is to be extradited on charges relating to the deaths of 17 patients. While at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, Jayant Patel is alleged to have punctured vital organs during surgery, failed to detect obvious breast cancers and hernias, and tampered with patient notes to conceal his incompetence. Nurses were so alarmed by his surgical blunders that they hid...

2005-09-02 13:57:28

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An inquiry into an Australian hospital's director of surgery, dubbed "Dr. Death" by staff after he was linked to 87 patient deaths, was shut down on Friday after a court ruled the inquiry chief was biased. The A$6 million (US$4.5 million) inquiry, called to examine problems in the health system in Australia's tropical Queensland state, had four witnesses and 10 days left to run. Its interim report in May said Indian-trained Dr. Jayant Patel,...

2005-06-27 07:50:11

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian nurse feared she could be sacked or prosecuted when she repeatedly tried to warn authorities about an Indian-born surgeon dubbed "Dr Death," who has been linked to the deaths of 87 patients. Jayant Patel, who was banned from surgery in two U.S. states, left Australia in March after he was linked to the deaths at Bundaberg Hospital in Queensland state in 2003-04, when he was head of surgery at the hospital. Toni Hoffman, Bundaberg hospital's head intensive...

2005-06-30 07:45:17

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Indian-born surgeon, dubbed "DrDeath" in Australia after being linked to the deaths of 87patients, had an acceptable medical record but stillcontributed to eight deaths, a review of the doctor's patientssaid. Jayant Patel, who was banned from surgery in two U.S.states, left Australia in March after he was linked to the 87deaths at Bundaberg Hospital in Queensland state in 2003-04,when he was head of surgery at the hospital. An official inquiry into the deaths has...

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2005-05-19 21:33:51

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- After Des Bramich's sternum was crushed when a camper he was working under fell on him, his family thought the worst was over when he recovered enough to make jokes after being rushed to a hospital emergency room. But complications soon set in, and the director of surgery at the rural Australian hospital decided that it was necessary to drain excess fluid from Bramich's chest using a procedure that required a large needle to be pushed into a sac surrounding his...


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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'