14 years' jail for Hep C doctor James Peters Outside court, investigating officer detective senior sergeant Paul Robotham said the sentence handed down to Peters ''should serve as a warning to all, especially those in the health industry that any coach canada purses abuse of community trust will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with accordingly''.
Slater Gordon medical negligence lawyer Julie Clayton, who is suing Peters, the director of the Croydon Day Surgery and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency on behalf of 50 women infected with hepatitis C, said Peters' jailing had brought some victims ''some welcome degree of closure and some modicum of comfort ''. ''For others though the sentence doesn't bring any comfort because they're left with unanswered questions. How could this be allowed to happen in Victoria in the 21st century?.'' Ms Clayton said the victims had mixed emotions about the minimum 10 year jail term handed to Peters. ''Everybody's reasonably pleased that it wasn't less. There are some women who have already said they don't feel it's adequate.'' Peters had pleaded guilty to 55 counts of negligently causing serious injury to the patients by injecting himself with pre filled syringes of Fentanyl an opioid used in general anaesthesia in theatre at Croydon Day Surgery. He then administered the remaining drug to the patients as they underwent pregnancy terminations. During a pre sentence hearing for Peters last month, the court heard the "complete incompetence" of Victoria's Medical Practitioners Board coach outlet prices led to Peters infecting the women. While he was required to undergo regular urine drug screening as part of the board's monitoring conditions after he confessed to having a drug problem, he was never tested for coach outlet oklahoma city the drug he was addicted to, Fentanyl. Peters had a history of drug abuse as well as convictions for possessing a drug of dependence and falsifying prescriptions when he infected the women with the potentially deadly blood disease between June 2008 and November 2009. While he had informed the medical board which was abolished under subsequent legislation about his addiction to Fentanyl and pethidine in 1996, Peters failed to disclose his hepatitis C status. The health department, which the court heard would have been aware coach outlet coupons 101 he was a doctor being monitored for a Fentanyl addiction, was told as soon as he tested positive to the disease, but did not pass on the information.
Despite being suspended by the board while he sought help for his addiction, Peters was allowed to return to work under certain monitoring conditions. Several women Peters infected revealed in their victim impact statements their devastation at having contracted a disease, commonly associated with drug addicts, through medical negligence at a time when they were vulnerable. Defence barrister John Dickinson, SC, said that after injecting himself in private with fentanyl, Peters failed to realise the same syringe which contained "blowback", or his contaminated blood, was then used on the patients.
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