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Law firm Slater and Gordon has today welcomed the formal approval of a $13.75 million settlement for around 60 Victorian women infected with the hepatitis C virus.

The Victorian Supreme Court has endorsed a settlement agreement reached in late April on behalf of the woman infected with the virus at a Croydon clinic between January 2008 and December 2009.

Slater and Gordon principal lawyer Julie Clayton said the court’s approval marked the end of legal action in what had been one of Victoria’s worst public health incidents.

“It has been a privilege to represent the brave women involved in this class action,” Ms Clayton said.

“They have been through a lot over the past four or five years and we thank them for their courage.

“Today is a new chapter in their lives and we hope they can finally start to put the nightmare of the past few years behind them,” she said.

The class action was against the director of the former Croydon Day Surgery, Dr Mark Schulberg, Croydon Hospital Pty Ltd, and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, the successor to the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria.

Anaesthetist James Latham Peters was jailed for 14 years over the outbreak.

Individual amounts of the settlement will not be disclosed under the terms of the agreement.