FORMER patients of disgraced surgeon Jayant Patel believe allowing former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall to talk freely about corruption in the government would lead to the truth about what happened at Bundaberg Hospital in 2005.
Former patient George Pauza said the group wanted to know the truth.
“We want to know how it happened and Nuttall may be able to shed some light on that,” he said.
The patients group does not understand how Nuttall could face a maximum 21 years in jail on corruption charges when Patel was only sentenced to seven years for manslaughter of three patients and the grievous bodily harm of a fourth.
Nuttall is serving seven years in jail for receiving secret commissions while in office.
He awaits further sentencing on corruption charges.
Mr Pauza felt the only way they would ever know what happened at Bundaberg Hospital was if Nuttall was given indemnity and a Royal Commission was held.
“The general feeling in the group is that Nuttall was not the only corrupt politician in the group at the time,” he said.
Another former patient, Doris Hillier, said she felt Royal Commission would be “a unique opportunity to clean up corruption”.
Member for Burnett Rob Messenger wrote to Nuttall on behalf of the patients group to let him know the group did not hold him personally responsible for what had happened at the hospital.
Mr Messenger recently met with Nuttall at Wacol prison for an 80-minute discussion.
“Nuttall indicated to me that there is a high level of corruption not only in this government but in previous governments,” he said.
“I think there is a strong case to offering him indemnity as he has the potential to be one of the most significant whistleblowers in the state's history.”
Mr Messenger said he would be reporting what he knows about Nuttall and his allegations of corruption.
“I've met with Nuttall's barrister and we are going to visit him again in jail and we will be going straight to the head of the CMC,” he said.
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