Hep C class action to settle for $13m

More than 50 women brought the action against Croydon Day Surgery and the AHPRA after they were infected by drug-addicted anaesthetist James Latham Peters.

Lawyers for the group told the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday the parties have reached a proposed settlement.

The settlement, which still requires the court's approval, involves a total payout of $13.75 million.

The trial for a separate lawsuit, involving a woman who refused to join the class action, began in the Supreme Court on Monday.

Peters was jailed in 2013 for 14 years, with a non-parole period of 10 years, after pleading guilty to 55 counts of negligently causing serious injury.

Peters injected the women with the same needles he used to give himself doses of the opiate fentanyl while working as an anaesthetist at the abortion clinic in 2008 and 2009.