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NRI doctor blamed for Australian woman's death

Jaideep Bali has been suspended from a local medical centre due to negligence, which led to the death of an elderly woman.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 12:55 IST

An Indian-trained surgeon has been blamed for negligence leading to the death of an elderly woman in Australia.

The case comes to light close on the heels of the Dr Death scandal in which another Indian surgeon Jayant Patel was implicated in patient deaths at Bundaberg Base hospital in Queensland.

Lillian Margaret Shaw, 67, died at her home near Ipswich from a burst stomach ulcer on January 13 last year despite three visits by Dr Jaideep Bali preceding her death.

The doctor has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Master of Surgery from Punjab University in India.

A coroner found that she had been given a potentially fatal dose of morphine hours before she died, a media report said, adding the doctor later tried to cover this up.

Bali has been suspended from the local Lowood medical centre on Friday pending an investigation into his role in Shaw's death.

Shaw's family said the Beattie Government had to share responsibility for the tragedy, The Courier Mail reported.

First Published: Aug 21, 2006 12:55 IST