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.
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.