Former Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel (second from right) leaves Brisbane District Court on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Former Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel (second from right) leaves Brisbane District Court on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Adam Davies

Patel denies comparing former patient to horse

FORMER Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel has denied ever telling former patient Ian Vowles that he would be "running around like a horse" after he "whipped out his bowel."

Dr Patel, 63, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm through criminal medical negligence to Ian Vowles over the operation at the Bundaberg Hospital in 2004.

Giving evidence in the Brisbane District Court on Thursday, Dr Patel said he would never use that terminology.

"I would never have used those sayings," Dr Patel said.

"Maybe I told him (Vowles) he would be running around like a young man, but definitely not a horse."

Dr Patel told the court he had spoken with Mr Vowles about the operation to remove his colon and rectum and the risks that were involved with the surgery.

"I told him that he had a very, very high risk of developing colon cancer for the third time, but with this operation the risk was eliminated," he said.

"I would never operate on a person who had a healthy bowel.

"Mr Vowles was healthy, but his bowel was not.

"He (Vowles) said to just get on with it."

The court was shown a document Mr Vowles signed which specifically outlined the colon surgery risks.

"I was able to ask questions and raise concerns with the doctor about my condition, the procedure and its risks and my treatment options," the document stated.

"My questions and concerns have been discussed and answered to my satisfaction," it said.

Dr Patel went on to tell the court that operations to remove non-cancerous organs happened on a daily basis at hospitals around the country if there was a strong family history of a particular cancer, citing women who have mascetomies.

The trial before Judge Terry Martin continues.



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