Witness in Patel trial didn't back former surgeon's decision

A PROSECUTION witness in the Jayant Patel trial has conceded the only way a former patient could guarantee a colon and bowel cancer free future was to remove them.

However, Dr Barry O'Loughlin told Brisbane District Court on Monday he did not back the former Bundaberg surgeon's decision to operate on Ian Vowles.

Dr Patel, 63, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm through criminal medical negligence after surgery to remove Mr Vowles' bowel and rectum during an operation on October 4, 2004, at Bundaberg Hospital.

The court heard on Monday Dr O'Loughlin refused to speak with members of Dr Patel's legal team to discuss his statement in the lead-up to the trial despite numerous requests to do so.

Under cross examination by Dr Patel's barrister Ian Fleming, Dr O'Loughlin said he sought legal advice on the matter but, admitted he had preferred to speak with the prosecution only.

The trial before Judge Martin continues.