New Zealand surgeon under investigation, and has applied for a new practising certificate.
Zimbabwe-born doctor Michael Parry stood down from his post at Wairau Hospital after the death of Jim Nicholls, 81, following surgery last May to remove a hernia and his gall bladder.
It is understood Parry has been on paid leave since.
The surgeon at the centre of a criminal investigation into botched surgery has refused to be questioned by police.
Another patient, Rachel Riddell, 31, died of significant blood loss in January 2011 after having her gall bladder removed by Parry.
The Dominion Post, New Zealand, understands Parry was asked to attend an interview at Blenheim police station yesterday, but refused.
Patients who suffered serious complications and the families of people who died after surgery conducted by him had been asked to supply questions to police for the interview.
A coroner’s inquiry into the two patient deaths was put on hold in December when police launched their own investigation into one of the deaths, to determine whether there was any “liability or culpability”.
Botched operations on Angie Webber, 26, and Jim Nicholls, 80, suffered massive blood loss during an operation by Parry. Angie Webber has the scars from her botched keyhole surgery and said she counts herself “lucky to be alive” after going to Wairau Hospital in December 2010 to have her gall bladder removed.
Adrien Pitcon-Mason, the spokeswoman for Webber, said last night she was “disgusted” that Parry had refused to front for the media. “It just goes to show the arrogance of this guy,” she said.
Parry moved to New Zealand in April 2010 after working in hospitals in South Africa, England and Abu Dhabi.
His practising certificate has expired, but the Medical Council last week confirmed he had applied for a new one.
Inquiries with medical authorities overseas show no previous investigations into his work. He is still registered to practise in Britain.
Parry could not be reached for comment yesterday.
A police spokeswoman would neither confirm nor deny whether Parry was to have been interviewed, or whether he had refused.