Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel is still waiting to hear if he’ll face a third trial in a case of grievous bodily harm.

Jurors in a retrial of the case were dismissed after failing to reach a verdict.

Zuzanna Kamusinski reports.


Jayant Patel is accused of grievous bodily harm.

It’s alleged he wrongly removed a patient’s bowel and colon at Bundaberg Base Hospital in 2004.

Patient Ian Vowles’ case was being heard in the District Court, but after deliberating for nearly four days the jury couldn’t reach a verdict and it was dismissed.

The Attorney General says he’ll take no part in deciding if Patel will face court for the third time over the allegation.

Jarrod Bleijie, Attorney-General: “We aren’t getting involved in whether this man should be prosecuted or what happens now, because it’s entirely a matter for the DDP to decide.”

Patel was sentenced to seven years’ prison in 2010, when a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of grievous bodily harm allegations, and charges over the death of three other patients.

But all convictions were appealed last year and the charges are being re-tried separately.

Beryl Crosby, Patient Advocate: “The law has been very complicated in this case and there’s been a lot of forward and backward steps, and as I said, it’s taken its toll on a lot of people.”

Patel still faces two counts of manslaughter, a separate count of grievous bodily harm, as well as negligence and fraud charges.

They’ll be mentioned again in court on Friday.

But there’s been no time frame given for a decision on a retrial on chares relating to ian Vowles.

Zuzanna Kamusinski, QUT News.