Patients at the Kilkenny Fertility Clinic, which went into liquidation last month are owed thousands of euro and believe they will not be able to get their monies back.
The clinic, which was located on the Dublin Road and offered IVF treatment and freezing services closed on January 13.
At the time the clinic stated it had shut due to the serious ill health of its owner and operator, Dr Martine Millett-Johnston. In recent weeks Dr Martine Millett-Johnston has met with a group of patients to inform them that the clinic is going into liquidation.
“She told the people in attendance that it was due to her severe ill health, she apologised to the patients involved, most of the patients spoke of the injustice felt and such an emotional time. After looking at the balance sheet, she actually only owes less than €20,000 to patients, the majority is to revenue, staff and suppliers.
“She informed us her health will not keep her away from practicing medicine and hope to start again once she is well enough, she claims that it was out of her hands, that she knew she was sick and had investors to back her but they pulled out when they found out how sick she was .... The solicitor and the liquidator involved told us point blank we will not be getting any of our money back.” one patient said.
“It was not good news at all for us, but at least we know now.” the patient added.
A spokesperson for the Companies Office confirmed that a liquidator had been appointed and that the company was in the process of being wound up.
Unsecured creditors owed substantial amounts of monies include local building contractors Tallis & Co Ltd who are owed €133,519. There is also €17,315 owed to patients, €10,000 owed to employees and almost €5,000 owed to St Luke’s Hospital.
A further €80,000 is owed to Ulster Bank.
Other unsecured creditors owed money include Baker-Martin, Sheehy & Associates (€6,630), Baker Tilly Ryan (€7,220), Bio-Tipp (€11,185), Biomed Services (€8,512), Claymon Laboratories Ltd (€20,248), Cook Medical (€11,402), Cosmos Biomedical Ltd (€1,222), Irish Medicines Board (€18,831), McCreery Contract Cleaners (€1,103), Michael Lanigan - Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan (€4,188), O’Sheas Pharmacy (€7,086), Oxygen Care Ltd (€2,872), Steve Troup (€6,606) and Sword Medical (€7,838), In total there is €461,579 owed to unsecured creditors.
When contacted by the Kilkenny People there was no response from the Kilkenny Fertility Clinic.