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'12 week timeline for Neurology patient reviews must be met' - Sheehan/Gildernew

18 May, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan, Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin MLAs Pat Sheehan and Colm Gildernew today attended a cross party briefing from the Permanent Secretary for Health and the Chief Medical Officer regarding the recall of 2,500 Neurology patients.

Speaking after the meeting the party spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan said:

"This morning we had a very detailed engagement with the Department of Health regarding the recall of neurology patients, lasting over 2 hours.

"We stressed as a priority the importance of all 2,500 patients receiving their review within the 12 week timeline.

"We also emphasised the need for anyone requiring further care or support following on from their review to be prioritised and not be placed on the already long neurology waiting lists.

"This should include written information for patients detailing next steps where further treatment or care is needed.

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Carers Colm Gildernew added:

"Today's meeting was important in communicating to elected representative what is being done to ensure patients are getting the support and care they need.

"However, we insisted that the Department and indeed Belfast Trust need to communicate much better with patients and the public to provide them with reassurance they deserve.

"We welcome the very recent publication of the Terms of Reference for the RQIA review into outpatient neurology services but also need the Independent Inquiry Panel to publish its Terms of Reference as soon as possible.

"We will continue to hold the Department of Health to account at fortnightly update briefings and insist patients get the support they need.” 

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