Jailed hepatitis doctor loses appeal bid

A former doctor who infected 55 of his female patients with hepatitis C while working at an abortion clinic has lost his bid to appeal against his 14 year jail sentence.

Lawyers for James Latham Peters argued the term was disproportionate to his crimes.

The 63-year-old former anaesthetist was given a non-parole period of 10 years after pleading guilty to 55 counts of negligently causing serious injury.

On Friday Victorian Court of Appeal president Justice Chris Maxwell said the sentence was unimpeachable. "In my opinion it is not reasonably arguable that the sentence was disproportionate," he said.

Peters infected 55 women with hepatitis C in 2008 and 2009 when he was working at a Croydon abortion clinic while addicted Fentanyl.

In a bid to hide his drug use from colleagues, he would inject himself with the drug before using the same needle to administer the rest of the dosage to the patient