Doctor pleads guilty to abortion clinic infections

A drug-addicted former doctor who infected more than 50 women with hepatitis C at a Croydon abortion clinic has pleaded guilty.

In Victoria's Supreme Court on Friday, former anaesthetist James Latham Peters pleaded guilty to 55 counts of negligently causing serious injury.

Peters infected more than 50 women with the virus in 2008 and 2009 by using needles to inject himself before using them on his patients.

He was aware he had the virus for more than 10 years.

Peters was suspended by the medical board in February 2010 after he was placed under investigation by detectives from Taskforce Clays, set up by Victoria Police to investigate how so many female patients at the Croydon clinic contracted the disease.

A class action against Peters, the director of the former Croydon Day Surgery, Dr Mark Schulberg and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has been launched by his victims.

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