Bundaberg Base Hospital
A base hospital is a regional centre that takes referrals from outlying hospitals, and concentrates specialised skills. Australia has a universal publicly funded health insurance scheme, so a 'public' hospital is one that is supported by public funds rather than by charging individual patients. There are two private hospitals in the same city.
The Hospital has an annual budget of $56 million.
Bundaberg Hospital was the scene of a political scandal, due to the 'gross negligence' of one of its surgeons, Jayant Patel. Manslaughter charges have been recommended against him, while charges of official misconduct were levelled at the hospital's Director of Medical Services, Dr Darren Keating (the top-ranked doctor) and District Manager, Mr Peter Leck (the CEO).
On 29 June 2010, Jayant Patel was found guilty of the unlawful killing of three patients, and grievous bodily harm to a fourth. On 1 July he was sentenced to seven years jail for his offences. His lawyers made a successful appeal to the High Court of Australia where his convictions of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm were quashed and a new trial was ordered.
- "Patel guilty on all charges". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- Amelia Bentley (1 July 2010). 'Totally inadequate': verdict split on Patel sentence. Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media.
- Greg Stolz & Tony Keim (25 August 2012). "Free Jayant Patel wants to leave Queensland after being released from jail". The Courier-Mail (Queensland Newspapers). Retrieved 24 September 2013.
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