Taranissi dismissed symptoms as anxiety day before patient was admitted to intensive care

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 06 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1995
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    A leading fertility specialist dismissed the symptoms of a patient, saying that they were due to anxiety, just hours before she was admitted to intensive care with severe hyponatraemia, a disciplinary panel of the General Medical Council has heard.

    Mohamed Taranissi, founder of the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre, Upper Wimpole Street, London, is also accused of unduly pressuring another patient to take adalimumab, a drug not licensed for fertility treatment. The patient, named only as IK, told the hearing that when she refused the drug Mr Taranissi grew angry and told her he would not be responsible if she had a miscarriage.

    It was then, IK said, that she realised that he was “false” and “did not care at all.” She …

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