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Urgent clarity and communication needed over health recall’ - Sheehan

2 May, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Pat Sheehan has called for urgent clarity and proper inter-agency communication to assist all those impacted by the Belfast Health Trust patient recall.

The West Belfast MLA was speaking after raising a number of issues with the Health Department and Belfast Trust.

He commented: “I have spoken to Chief Executive in the Trust today and will be meeting him on Friday. I have also been in contact with the Permanent Secretary of the Health Department, the Patient Client Council and the Royal College of Physicians because people need assurances that all those impacted, including those who saw Dr. Watt in a private capacity are being contacted and their cases reviewed.

“There does seem to be some lack of clarity and a lack of communication between the relevant agencies on that issue and that is very concerning. For instance, Ulster Independent Clinic where Dr Watt operated a private practice have said they only received the review by the Royal College of Physicians late this morning.

“That issue needs addressed urgently so that everyone who has potentially been impacted is reviewed. 

“I also have concerns at reports that some patients have been unable to get through on the helpline and what I have been saying is that every resource must be made available to ensure that everyone who needs advice and support gets it quickly.

“This is a very stressful and worrying time for patients involved. i have been in contact with some constituents affected and it is important all patients involved get the full support they need.

“Clearly there are questions as to why this process has taken so long and that is something that will have to be explored in due course. But for now, I think the priority needs to be ensuring that the recall and review is conducted as swiftly as possible. That it is given top priority and that everyone potentially impacted is accessed.” 

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