Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stem-cell doctor faces being struck off register

Published 11/09/2010 | 05:00

A London-based doctor who offered controversial stem-cell treatment to Irish patients faces being struck off after a fitness to practise inquiry in the UK, writes Eilish O'Regan.

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Dr Robert Trossel's actions constituted "repeated and serious breaches" of "many of the essential tenets" of good medical practice, the General Medical Council (GMC) ruled.

The 56-year-old came to the attention of the Irish Medicines Board in 2006, when he began flying here to offer stem-cell therapy in Carrigaline, Co Cork -- before the service was deemed illegal under EU regulations.

The UK inquiry heard he exploited "vulnerable" multiple sclerosis patients by exaggerating the benefits of stem- cell therapy. The inquiry panel concluded his fitness to practise was impaired by misconduct.

Further submissions will be made on September 27.

Irish Independent

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