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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
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.

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