A surgeon has told the Brisbane manslaughter trial of former Bundaberg-based surgeon Jayant Patel that an operation on a patient was premature.
Patel, 59, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane to unlawfully killing three patients and causing grievous bodily harm to a fourth while working as director of surgery at Bundaberg hospital in southern Queensland.
Mervyn Morris, 75, died three weeks after Patel removed part of his colon at the Bundaberg Base Hospital in 2003.
Colorectal surgeon Dr Brian Collopy has been giving evidence about his review of Mr Morris’ treatment.
He told the court Patel’s surgery on Mr Morris before identifying the source of rectal bleeding was inappropriate.
Dr Collopy also said there was time for further investigations before surgery if it was still thought necessary.
Earlier he told the trial he believes Mr Morris suffered rectal bleeding because he had radiation proctitis which often occurs in patients who receive radiation treatment on their prostate.
During cross-examination by Patel’s defence barrister, Michael Byrne QC, Dr Collopy defended his conclusion that Patel’s surgery on Mr Morris was premature and inappropriate.
Dr Collopy agreed with Mr Byrne that his review was based on patient charts by Bundaberg hospital staff he had never met.
The trial is continuing.