Accused Hep C doctor had history of drug abuse A DOCTOR accused of infecting 56 women with hepatitis C at coach outet a Croydon abortion clinic was among a group of drug addicted anaesthetists who returned to practice at Box Hill Hospital as part of a rehabilitation program during the 1990s. Details of the program emerged during a committal hearing for James Latham Peters, 62, (pictured) coach outlet ny who is facing 168 charges over the infection of 56 women he anaesthetised at the Croydon Day Clinic between June 2008 and November 2009. An anaesthetist and recovering addict, Naham (Jack) Warhaft, told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that he worked with Peters at Box Hill Hospital during the 1990s. He said the hospital's coach outlet foxwoods director of anaesthesia at the time, John Paul, had developed an interest in rehabilitating anaesthetists who had struggled with drug addiction. Dr Warhaft, now an addiction medicine specialist, told Victoria's Medico Legal Society in a speech at the Melbourne Club in 2008 that five anaesthetists returned to work following drug addiction as part of the ''Box Hill anaesthetists re entry group'' between 1993 and 2001. According to a police summary tendered to the court, Peters was suspended by the Medical Board of Victoria in 1996 for abusing fentanyl and pethidine while working at various Melbourne hospitals and returned to work, taking up a position at Box Hill, in 1997. He said that by the time Dr Paul left in 2001 ''there were five anaesthetists at [the] hospital, all in recovery from narcotic addiction''. Dr Warhaft said that by 2008 four of the Box Hill anaesthetists were still clean and sober and practising but the fifth one relapsed on a number of coach outlet nashville tn occasions and he did not know of his whereabouts. The police summary noted that Peters was confronted in 2003 by a manager at Box Hill, admitted using fentanyl and went on long service leave.
A year later, the medical board permitted him to to return to work at the Croydon Day Clinic under supervision. Peters faces charges of conduct endangering life, recklessly causing injury and negligence causing serious injury. He has been bailed to appear in the Supreme Court in June for a directions hearing.
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