A friend of India-born doctor Jayant Patel, charged with manslaughter in the deaths of patients in an Australian hospital, has termed him an “easiest scapegoat for the politicians” but said he was confident of justice.
“He was the easiest scapegoat for the politicians and they have milked that cow to the extreme,” said Texas-based surgeon Vijay Mehta, who has maintained a website seeking justice for Patel.
“I am hoping for the best.”
“I do stand by him and my conviction that we should not criminalise surgical care,” Mehta was quoted by as saying in a media report.
Mehta said he was happy that much of the emotion had been taken out of the case.
“Justice cannot prevail if there is too much emotion and prejudging the action of a person, especially if the person charged is of different ethnicity and nationality and victims are local,” he said.
The 59-year-surgeon faces trial next year on 13 charges, including three of manslaughter, relating to his tenure as director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital between 2003 and 2005.
Brisbane Magistrate Court had on Monday granted him bail and committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court.