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Deadly Healthcare, a new book authored by Professor James Dunbar, Professor Prasuna Reddy, and Stephen May, provides a detailed analysis of modern health care systems and factors associated with the case of Australia’s ‘Dr Death’, Jayant Patel.
Dr Patel was convicted of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm in 2010 related to incidents when he was a surgeon at Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland.
“A thoroughly enjoyable read," wrote Sir Graeme Catto, FRCP, FMedSci, FRSE, immediate past president of the General Medical Council and Professor of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, in his review of the book.
"With fascinating detail the authors clearly demonstrate the thin veneer coverall in all healthcare systems. There are lessons to be learned from this case by all countries."
Professors Dunbar and Reddy drew on their extensive health services research backgrounds in developing the book. The authors conducted extensive research into public inquiry data, including interviews with key stakeholders, to understand how the dangerous situations occurred and how a repeat of these tragic cases could be avoided.
Professors Dunbar is a medical doctor, Professor Reddy is a health and organisational psychologist, and Stephen May is a former psychologist and journalist.
Professors Dunbar and Reddy work in the Health Services Implementation Research group within Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre and the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health.
The book will be launched at 6:00pm on Thursday 30 June 2011 at Readings bookstore in Hawthorn, Victoria.