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Case against IVF doctor collapses

Mr Mohammed Taranissi
Mr Taranissi denies the charges

The disciplinary case against a leading IVF doctor has collapsed.

Mohamed Taranissi, who runs London's Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre (ARGC), had faced charges relating to his treatment of two women.

He had denied the accusations of failing to keep proper medical records, carrying out inappropriate tests and acting in an insensitive manner.

The General Medical Council decided after several weeks of sitting there was insufficient evidence to continue.

Unlawful

The hearing came after Mr Taranissi's premises were raided last year by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) - on the same day that a BBC Panorama programme broadcast allegations about his conduct.

However, the High Court later ruled that the HFEA raids were unlawful.

And, in November, Mr Taranissi reached an agreement over a libel complaint against the fertility watchdog, which admitted he had done nothing wrong in offering reproductive immunology treatments.

Mr Taranissi is also suing the BBC over allegations made in Panorama.

A total of 92 current and former patients of Mr Taranissi have signed a petition in support of the doctor.

A spokeswoman for Mr Taranissi said: "Mr Taranissi is now looking forward to focusing on what he does best, looking after his patients."


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