Fertility clinic may lose operating permit

There will be an emergency meeting of health officials today to plan for any fall-out from the potential closure of a Montreal fertility service.

The Decarie Boulevard women's health clinic is in danger of having to shut down its fertility service because it has not been able to partner with a hospital. Having a partner to oversee complex cases is a Health Ministry requirement for all fertility clinics.

In the case of the firm OriginElle, its partnership with the McGill University Health Centre expired and the MUHC declined to renew it. The clinic's founder is embroiled in a $14-million lawsuit filed after he left the MUHC's employ.

About 200 couples are undergoing fertility treatment at the clinic.

Today's planning session is to decide how those cases would be followed if OriginElle is forced to halt its fertility services.

Even if it shuts down its fertility services, the clinic may choose to continue to operate as a women's health centre.

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