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Further evidence of complaint in Watt case – Sheehan

3 May, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan has called on the department of health to consider complaints as far back as 2011 involving Dr Watt.

Mr Sheehan said, “I welcome the Department’s commitment to review the process since the Belfast Trust first became aware of concerns about Dr Watt’s practice.

“It is important that the department’s review considers complaints made by patients involving Dr Watt prior to December 2016 – when the Trust said it first became aware of concerns.

“There is already one formal complaint in the public domain dating back to 2011.

“I have now seen evidence of at least one other formal complaint made by a private patient of Dr Watt in 2011 to the General Medical Council.

“Complaints prior to those made by health professionals in December 2016 should also be considered as part of the review of the process to establish whether action could have been taken earlier.

“The department’s review must look not just at concerns raised about Dr Watt’s work in the public sector but should consider any concerns about his work carried out in private clinics.”

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