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Abortion clinic doc pleads guilty to infecting women with hepatitis C

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9/9/2012

An Australian doctor who was charged with endangering the lives of patients after allegedly infecting nearly 50 women with hepatitis C at an abortion clinic, has plead guilty to the charges.

A group of women infected with hepatitis C by an anaesthetist at the Melbourne abortion clinic are the ‘most highly innocent people you could ever come across’, a judge has said.

James Latham Peters, 63, pleaded guilty on Friday to 55 counts of negligently causing serious injury, after infecting women with hepatitis C at a Croydon abortion clinic.

It has been alleged in previous court proceedings that Peters infected patients at the Croydon Day Surgery by using pre-filled syringes of anaesthetic drugs on himself before administering the remainder to the women. Croydon does abortions.

In 2011, a 42-YEAR-OLD woman died days after attending the abortion clinic in Croydon where Peters once worked.

The abortion clinic’s owner, Dr Mark Schulberg, was in 2009 found guilty of unprofessional conduct for failing to gain legal consent to perform a late-term abortion on an intellectually disabled woman.

And earlier this year it was revealed that a 40-year-old woman was left fighting for her life in the Box Hill Hospital after Dr Schulberg performed a late-term abortion surgery on her.

More on plea here : Vic anaesthetist admits infecting women

Abortion doctor charged with endangering life of 49 women at abortion clinic

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Marie Stopes with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by saynsumthn

As former abortion clinic anaesthetist James Latham Peters was granted bail after a 15-month investigation, women caught up in the Croydon Day Surgery health scandal spoke of their relief that criminal charges had been laid.

“Suzanne”, one of the 54 women battling to regain their health, welcomed the charges but said she had lost faith in the health system.

“The system has let me and my family down, and the Victorian public,” she said.

“My faith in the parts of the medical profession is gone, it’s just out the door.”

Dr Peters, 61, of Hawthorn, was bailed on a $200,000 surety after facing court charged with three offences against each of his alleged victims.

Abortion clinic doctor charged with infecting patients with hepatitis C
Anaesthesiologist James Latham Peters charged with endangering life of 49 women at clinic in Melbourne
Friday 27 May 2011

An Australian doctor has been charged with endangering the lives of patients after allegedly infecting nearly 50 women with hepatitis C at an abortion clinic.

James Latham Peters, 61, who worked as an anesthesiologist at the Melbourne clinic, was charged with 54 counts of conduct endangering life, negligently causing serious injury and recklessly causing serious injury. The most serious charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Peters was released on bail of A$250,000 (£162,000) after appearing briefly at Melbourne magistrates court on Friday. He was not required to enter pleas to the charges, which relate to 49 patients at the clinic, who health officials say contracted the same strain of hepatitis C as Peters between 2008 and 2009.

Hepatitis C, which is spread through the blood, can cause serious liver problems, including cirrhosis and cancer. Police have not released details on how they believe the disease was transmitted, but Bram Alexander, a spokesman for the Victoria state department of health, said officials had closely investigated all the infection control procedures at the clinic and did not find any problems.

“That’s precisely why, back in early last year, we referred these matters to the police for further investigation because our investigation could find no plausible reason as to why the infection took place,” Alexander said.
Peters had his registration suspended in February 2010. Under his bail conditions, Peters must not work in any medical or health-related field and must not contact staff at a number of medical centres where he previously worked, including the abortion clinic. He was also required to surrender his passport.

Health officials tested more than 4,000 of Peters’ patients during their investigation, and found 49 who were infected with a strain of the virus genetically linked to his.

Update on abortion doctor who infected patients with Hepatitis C at abortion clinic in Australia

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Nearly 50 women match doctor’s Hepatitis C

May 16, 2011
AAP
Nearly 50 women have the same strain of hepatitis C as a doctor who treated them at a Victorian late term abortion clinic.

After testing 4312 of James Latham Peters‘ patients between 2006 and 2009, 49 women who had procedures at the Croydon Day Surgery have been confirmed as having the same strain of the disease as the anesthetist.

All of the patients had procedures at the clinic from January 2008 to December 2009.

None of Dr Peters’ patients at the Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne, St Albans Endoscopy Centre or the Western Day Surgery tested positive to hepatitis C that could be linked to him.

Dr Peters is currently under police investigation and had his registration suspended by the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria in February 2010.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer John Carnie the 49 patients were definitely linked to Dr Peters.

“This is an extremely traumatic and distressing episode for these patients,” he told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.
“Many of them will be extremely angry that they have been put at risk.

“I would find it very difficult to determine some accidental means (of transmission) that would involve this number of patients at just the one clinic.”

Dr Carnie said the department was unable to determine a consistent infection control issue at the Croydon clinic – now called Marie Stopes International Maroondah.

“There is certainly no evidence of any other clusters of cases at any of the other clinics despite looking into just over 1000 patients,” he said.
Of the 4312 patients tested, 3302 were from the Croydon clinic.

While some people are able to clear the disease from their system naturally and others respond to treatment, those who don’t risk serious health complications including liver cancer.
Forty-nine women are preparing to launch a class action against Dr Peters.

Lawyer Paula Shelton said the women planned to pursue the clinic, Dr Peters and possibly the Medical Board of Australia for compensation.
“It’s very interesting that having tested patients from other facilities they’re now saying that there are no infections so there is something very, very special about this (Croydon) clinic that has allowed this to happen,” Ms Shelton told reporters.

Most of the women involved in the class action were part of the group of 49, but there were also some of the 19 women who had cleared the disease from their system.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the investigation into Dr Peters was ongoing but would not comment further.

Nurse at the Croydon clinic, Carol Ann Richards, 68, has faced court after allegedly disclosing information about the police investigation to a person under investigation at the centre.

BackStory: 2010

Investigation continues in intentional hepatitis C infections at Melbourne abortion clinic

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion injury, Abortionist, pro-choice, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by saynsumthn

Police quiz anaesthetist over abortion clinic hepatitis C infections
Megan Levy and Rafael Epstein
November 19, 2010

Detectives have questioned a Hawthorn man at the centre of allegations that patients at a Melbourne abortion clinic were deliberately infected with hepatitis C.

Anaesthetist James Latham Peters, 61, was interviewed at St Kilda Road police station this morning after dozens of women treated at Croydon Day Surgery contracted the virus between 2008 and 2009.

He had arranged to speak to detectives this morning, attended with his lawyer and spoke with investigators for about an hour. He was released, “pending summons”, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

Next week, police expect to speak to others involved in the Croydon clinic.

Dr Peters’ Hawthorn home was one of five Melbourne properties raided last month by detectives from Taskforce Clays, which was set up to investigate the allegations.

Dr Peters, who has a history of pethidine addiction, was suspended by the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria in February.

Forty-one patients at the abortion clinic are suspected of contracting the same strain of hepatitis C as Dr Peters.

“Taskforce Clays detectives are interviewing a 61-year-old Hawthorn man in relation to allegations patients at a Croydon health facility were infected with hepatitis C,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

“He is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

“Investigators are continuing to analyse a significant amount of documentation that was seized last month.”

The Department of Health has tested more than 3000 patients treated between 2006 and 2009 at the Croydon Day Surgery – now called Marie Stopes Maroondah – and is still tracing a further 300 women.

Staff are also trying to contact another 1066 female and male patients at three other clinics.

They include 900 patients who attended Fertility Control in East Melbourne between January 2008 and November 2009, 150 from St Albans Endoscopy who were treated between February and September 2008, and 16 who attended the Western Day Surgery in Sunshine in March 2008.

No charges have been laid over the infections.

Abortion Doctor guilty of forgery

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Outrage, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, Pro-Life, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by saynsumthn

Doctor guilty of forgery
RAFAEL EPSTEIN
April 14, 2010

THE Melbourne doctor who allegedly infected 12 patients with hepatitis C while working at an abortion clinic was convicted in 1996 for forging more than 100 prescriptions for the drug pethidine.

Health authorities are examining whether the Croydon Day Surgery should have been told about his conviction, and that he had been deregistered for more than a year in the 1990s.
Dr James Latham Peters worked at the surgery as an anesthetist since 2006. He allegedly infected patients with his own strain of hepatitis C.

More than 1140 patients to whom he administered anaesthetic have contacted the Health Department and had tests to see if they have contracted the disease. Dozens of patients treated by the anaesthetist have received test results showing they are not infected.

Sources say the Croydon Day Surgery did not know about his previous conviction. His employers had only been told that he had a personal issue around the abuse of intravenous drugs, but the Medical Board had Dr Peters listed as registered to practice.

In 1996 the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told that more than 100 prescriptions for painkillers were written in Dr Peters’ wife’s maiden name and false names. Dr Peters was found guilty on 20 charges, including obtaining pethidine by false representation and prescribing a drug for purposes other than treatment.

His wife Julia Peters was found guilty on 41 charges. Dr Peters was sentenced to six months in prison and his wife to three months. Both terms were suspended for 18 months. The court was told the drugs were used by Julia Peters.

Before he was convicted in 1996, Dr Peters had voluntarily surrendered his registration. The following year he was granted restricted medical registration by the board.
One woman given an anaesthetic by Dr Peters in August last year says staff at the Croydon clinic were ”fairly unprofessional from start to finish … just the way we were treated”.
”Andrea” told The Age she had asked Dr Peters for a mild anaesthetic so she would be awake throughout the procedure.

She claims Dr Peters said to her: ”Most women going through what you’re going through don’t want to remember any of it.”

Despite telling Dr Peters that she wished to remain awake because ”she didn’t trust these guys”, she says the dose administered did put her to sleep and she woke up after the termination. She told ABC radio she had since tested negative for hepatitis C.

The department and police are trying to determine how the patients at Croydon Day Surgery were infected. On Friday Victoria’s chief health officer, Dr John Carnie, said he referred the matter to police in March because he found it hard to imagine how the transmission of the virus had been accidental.

It is understood that there would have been no need for Dr Peters to reuse needles. There are strict procedures for infection control, but the number of needles used is not correlated with the number of procedures.

The Medical Board will not comment on Dr Peters’ issues with drug abuse. Its 2009 annual report shows that 22 doctors were involved in the board’s drug abuse program. The board assesses whether such doctors should be permitted to practice and whether there should be any limitations on their duties.

About 70 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C may develop a chronic form of the virus. Of these people, about one-fifth will develop cirrhosis – scarring of the liver that can lead to liver cancer.