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'Patients requiring treatment after review process must be prioritised' - Sheehan

4 May, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has told the Belfast Trust that any patients requiring treatment after their review must be prioritised and not be left on long waiting lists.

The Sinn Féin health spokesperson was speaking after he and West Belfast MP Paul Maskey had a two-hour meeting with the Chief Executive and Senior Management of the Belfast Trust early this afternoon.

Pat Sheehan said:

"I stressed to the Trust leadership that all neurology patients, whose care is currently being reviewed, receive the full support and care they require as a matter of urgency.

"Those patients requiring treatment must be seen as soon as possible and not be placed on what is an already long waiting list for neurology services.

"The trust has given assurances in this regard and they have also committed to ensuring that the review of 2,500 patients will not impact on current neurology waiting times.

"We also emphasised to the Trust leadership the need for them to communicate fully and transparently with the affected patients and the public in regards to the circumstances that have led to the recall.

"This is a time of deep worry and stress for all those affected and the importance of communication cannot be underestimated.

"This situation has raised concerns regarding the governance of outpatient neurology services which needs to be addressed in the review by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority announced earlier this week.”

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