CQU denies ?Dr Death? claims

CENTRAL Queensland University yesterday discarded claims that the man dubbed "Dr Death'' had lectured students at its Rockhampton campus.

CQU spokesman Marc Barnbaum said there was no evidence to suggest Dr Jayant Patel, who is being investigated by Queensland authorities over the death of several patients at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, had ever worked for the university.

"We want to nip this in the bud,'' he said of the claims.

"I can categorically confirm he has never lectured in our system as a staff member.''

The statement came after a newspaper reported claims from Dr Patel's US-based brother.

According to the paper the brother had said Dr Patel had told him that during his time in Queensland he had worked at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton where he had a 'full faculty appointment' and lectured medical students once a week.

Dr Patel was named last month in State Parliament and fled overseas after being linked to the deaths or serious injury of at least 14 patients who were treated at Bundaberg Base Hospital. Mr Barnbaum said CQU did not have any medical students but did have biomedical and nurse courses.

See Page 21 in today's Morning Bulletin for more on the doctor row.



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