Hedley Thomas is Assistant Editor at the Brisbane Courier Mail. He excels in writing intensive investigative pieces, lengthy profiles and news articles. He broke the story about Dr Jayant Patel's shocking history as a negligent surgeon in the United States hired by the Bundaberg Base Hospital as Director of Surgery. The story has rocked the Beattie Government and triggered two Royal Commission-style inquiries. Hedley received his third Walkley award for his expose of Dr Patel and received a special accolade, the Sir Keith Murdoch Award, from News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch as well as the 2005 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards for work advancing public debate. Hedley's first Walkley was awarded in 1999 (with colleague Paul Whittaker) when he exposed the Net Bet affair, and his second was in 2003 for his feature article on fallen chief magistrate Di Fingleton. Hedley has had extensive international experience that has ranged from reporting on the fall of the Berlin WaThomas, Hedley is the author of 'Sick to Death A Manipulative Surgeon and a Healthy System in Crisisa Disaster Waiting to Happen', published 2007 under ISBN 9781741148817 and ISBN 1741148812.