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Dr? James Latham Peters

This so-called doctor was caught with images of child porn – how much lower can he sink?

See previous posts on James Latham Peters:

More Women May Have Been Infected With Hep C;

Follow-Up – Dr James Latham Peters;

Dr James Latham Peters;

Article from Heraldsun:

SHATTERED victims said their lives have been ruined by James Latham Peters,  who is accused of infecting them with hepatitis C as they had abortions.  More about this case

With fears for their futures and their children’s safety, and demands for action, the women have broken their silence as police continue an investigation into anaesthetist Dr James Latham Peters.

“What happened makes me want to kill him,” one young woman revealed as she tries to complete school while battling her infection.

“I just don’t understand how Dr Peters is still walking the streets after having infected so many women.”

So far, 41 women who underwent abortions with Dr Peters have been revealed as having a strain of hepatitis C genetically matching his since the scandal was uncovered last January.

More of his patients also have hepatitis C where the exact strain cannot be matched, while another 1000 women are still being tested after attending the Croydon Day Surgery, now called Marie Stopes Maroondah, the Fertility Control Centre in East Melbourne, St Albans Endoscopy Centre and Western Day Surgery in Sunshine where Dr Peters worked.

Police last week raided the clinics but still have not interviewed the doctor.

The security of highly personal health records seized by police from the Croydon abortion clinic last weekend has also become an issue, with Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson contacting police to ensure the confidentiality of vulnerable patients.

The Herald Sun understands the records are locked away in a special area and are accessible by only 12 people at the centre of the investigation, measures which Ms Wilson said satisfied her.

Their lawyer, Paula Shelton from Slater & Gordon, worries that because of their treatment, many other infected women may never come forward for treatment, let alone justice. But for her clients, the impact has been harrowing.  “They are people who have made difficult decisions and to have a reminder of what could be one of the worst experiences of their life is pretty devastating,” she said.

“They do feel there is a level of stigma attached to the procedure, which is making things more difficult. If they were people who had acquired this infection during the normal course of surgery, it would be easier.

“The clients are very worried about their future. A lot of them are people who have children.

“The younger women are very worried about their prospects of having children in the future and the chances of passing this on.”

Ms Shelton said the clients also raised questions about why health authorities let Dr Peters continue to practise. But it could be many months, or longer, before these questions may be answered.  The Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria knew of Dr Peters’ history of drug use, had his medical registration restricted by authorities, and made him take drug tests.

He was given a six-month suspended jail term in 1996 after pleading guilty to 20 charges involving providing his wife with a two-year supply of pethidine. Department of Human Services officers found more than 100 prescriptions for the couple at pharmacies.

Some people are suggesting this part of the story is made up – but here are the facts: “Dr Peters was also sentenced on March 15 this year for possessing 113 images of child pornography. He was sentenced to an 18-month community-based order”.  Do you honestly think that this sentence is sufficient?  For a person in a position of trust?

A Health Department spokesman said investigations into the extent of the Croydon hepatitis C outbreak were continuing. All women who were diagnosed with the infection were offered counselling and treatment, regardless of whether links were found to the doctor.

Police said no charges had been laid and their investigation was continuing.

Abortion Doctor guilty of forgery

Dr James Latham Peters' method of transmission?

How could this man who calls himself a doctor, ever have been allowed to continue practising  medicine by the Medical Board?   Don’t Medical Boards ever learn from previous mistakes in instances of malpractice where the doctor in question has been allowed to re-register? (More on Dr James Latham Peters)

It is almost unbelievable that James Latham Peters  was accepted back into the medical profession after the following events:

Article below reported by RAFAEL EPSTEIN:

THE Melbourne doctor who allegedly infected (at least) 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, (my emphasis) and that he had been deregistered for more than a year in the 1990s.  (Why does this  question have to be asked?  Isn’t it a no-brainer?)

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.  (And this man was allowed to attend to vulnerable women?)

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. (My emphasis. How many others in our society would have gotten off so lightly?  The perpetrator being a doctor is even worse; he is in a position of trust.) 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.

What a horrible sentence this man has handed down to those 22 women he has so far allegedly deliberately infected with Hepatitis C.  The disease  can take many years to show up.  James Latham Peters’ DNA has been linked to the strain of the virus the women have been infected with.  (see More Women Infected)  My heart goes out to them.

Police are still investigating the method by which Peters transmitted the virus.



Imagine having to wait for results of tests to find out  whether or not you have contracted Hep C at the hands of this monster James Latham Peters,  who really has no right to call himself a doctor.  Mary (not her real name) has three children and her life could be at risk.  How many other women in Melbourne are are having to go through this hell?  I think Mary is very brave to come forward.  The fact that  she was  having a procedure done for contraception and not for an abortion, may indicate that Mr Peters’  hatred for women runs much deeper than deranged support for the anti-abortion lobby.  There is obviously much more to come out about the background of this man.  And it will be interesting to find out why the Medical Board ever allowed Mr Peters to continue practicing as a doctor and why the clinics  employed this drug addict, prescription forger and possessor of child pornography (see post 27th October 2010).

Top News Brief:

A mother living in Melbourne has spoken of her fright because she thinks that even she is now a victim of hepatitis C epidemic related to anaesthetist, James Latham Peters.

As health authorities received almost 700 calls at the weekend from concerned people about their contact with Dr Peters, Mary said that she decided to get herself tested for a hepatitis C outbreak connected to Dr. Peters’ Clinic, where he purportedly infected twelve patients with a strain of the blood borne illness.

The mother of three children informed The Age that she went to Croydon Day Surgery in the month of August to have contraceptive equipment fitted.

Though Dr. Peters did not have any involvement in her case, yet she is afraid that while undergoing her treatment, non-sterilized devices may have been used.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr. John Carnie, said that the Health Department had been trying to get in contact with those people who had been there in Dr. Peters’ clinic for their treatment.

A spokesperson for the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria said that Dr Peters had been suspended on 15 February, three days after the panel was informed about the accusations.

More good Christian male anti-abortionists outside clinics intimidating women

Here we go again!  It seems as though things haven’t changed much for women wanting to control their own fertility.

See :  More Women Infected With Hep C   Some men would like to have complete control over women’s fertility – like Dr James Latham Peters who, it is alleged, has deliberately infected over 58 women (and counting) with the same strain of Hepatitis C virus as he has.  It can only be spread blood to blood. This man has been allowed to administer anaesthetic to women having abortion procedures  at several clinics in Melbourne.  Dr Peters has already been struck off the medical register in the past  for drug addiction and prescription forgery.  And, can you believe it, for possessing child pornography.  I would have thought that the authority in question would have banned him from medical practice for life.  What were these clinics thinking in hiring him in the first place?  Why is it that  women,  at such a vulnerable time, should be put literally, in the hands of such a despicable human being.  Now, the lives of all these  infected women will be changed forever.  Their future health is uncertain.  He is worse than back-street abortionists – at least they knew what they were.

Dr James Latham Peters

It is obvious that Dr Peters has a hate attitude toward women seeking abortions and one can guess that he supports the pro-life lobby. Pro-Life is an oxymoron when used in the  context of anti-abortion.  So-called Pro-Lifers kill doctors and workers at abortion clinics and look what Dr Peters has been up to; there is no doubt some of these women will die because of his actions.  I would bet that he will be found to be  another  devout misogynist and  Christian.   One is also suspicious about  why this evil man,  who uses children for his own gratification, would want more children to be brought into this world?

I cannot for the life of me understand why men take to the streets to abuse women intending to have abortions.  What do they know of the experience of pregnancy and of childbirth?  Most of us  know that if men had to give birth, the human race would die out.  These deluded men stand outside abortion clinics for hours insulting and intimidating women.   Haven’t they got churches to go to?  It reminds me of the man who approached a young mother in a café  feeding her baby with a bottle.  He shouted at her, “why aren’t you breastfeeding that baby?” and stormed out.  The young lady burst into tears.  I know, once being  a young mother myself, how difficult it can be to breastfeed.  How could a man understand this?  That particular mother could have been on medication, or have infected nipples.  There are many other complications when breastfeeding just as there are surrounding abortions.

Anti-abortion protesters – haven’t these men got churches to go to?

The serial anti-abortion protester shown above says that women and girls who have been raped, or who are the victims of incest should be forced to give birth and that “they can adopt it out”.   This man should read some of the literature on the failures and trauma of adoption

See my posts:

Adoption: The Damage Done

Catholic Orphanages & Adoption

Separation:  The Open Wound

Do these men have any idea what it would be  like for a woman or girl to carry a foetus  inside her for a full nine months after being raped by either a stranger or their own father.  I write about girls being impregnated by their fathers and a Catholic Priest in my book  ‘Whatever Happened to Ishtar?’ and the consequences for generations to come.

Who knows how many women Dr Peters has infected and it must be hell for possibly more than 2000 women treated by Dr Peters, who will have to be tested for hepatitis C.

UPDATE 9/11/2012

Emotional victims wept in the Supreme Court as James Latham Peters, 63, responded with the word “guilty” to each of the 55 charges of negligently causing serious injury as they were read aloud.

Latest Update:’

Dr James Latham Peters was sentenced on 7 March 2013 to 14 years in prison with parole after 10 years.

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