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Bleijie says Jayant Patel can forget about compensation

QUEENSLAND Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said former Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel can forget the notion of receiving any compensation from the State Government.

Mr Bleijie said today he was aware Mr Patel plans to write to the government to seek compensation for time he spent in jail, but said he was wasting his time.

"There will be no compensation and there will be no entertainment of the idea of compensation," he said.

"That is an insult to Queenslanders and that is an insult to Bundaberg residents.

"Mr Patel can write to me if he wishes, but that is the response that we will give."

Mr Bleijie said there was not any monetary amount of compensation he would entertain for the high-profile surgeon.

"This man is a convicted fraudster," he said.

"If he plans to write to me I would suggest he not send the letter because that is the response he will get."

Dr Patel was convicted and jailed in 2010 on three counts of manslaughter and one of grievous bodily harm relating to surgeries he performed on patients at Bundaberg Hospital.

He launched an appeal in the High Court who subsequently overturned his convictions.

The Department of Public Prosecutions last year sensationally dropped criminal negligence charges against Mr Patel after two retrials failed to secure convictions.

Instead he pleaded guilty to seven fraud related charges and received a wholly suspended two-year jail sentence.

Dr Patel has since returned to the United States.

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