Death Should Have Been Referred to the State Coroner

According to an anesthetist, who assisted Dr. Jayant Patel with a patient's operation who later died due to internal bleeding, the death should have been passed on to the state official who investigates suspicious deaths.

On Thursday, Bundaberg Base Hospital Anesthetist, Dr. Dieter Berens presented his statement to the Queensland Supreme Court trial. He was a part of two surgeries carried out by Patel on 77-year-old patient Gerry Kemps.

60 year old Patel has appealed as innocent to the homicide of Gary Kemps, and of two more patients. Also, for the severe physical damage of a fourth man, he has appealed as innocent.

On Thursday, when Dr. Berens was questioned by prosecutor Ross Martin, SC, he replied that he believed that Mr. Kemps' death on December 21, 2004, should have been passed on to the coroner.

According to Dr. Berens, suggesting that the death should be passed on to the coroner may seem like going above the right of Patel.

It has been said that the court has heard that employees later approach Patel with worry about the bleeding, and a verdict was made to regenerate Mr. Kemps for a next surgery to try to locate the foundation.

It has been reported that the trial continues.