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Neurology response 'not good enough' - Sheehan

19 June, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

The Department of Health's response to serious concerns raised jointly by all five main political parties regarding the neurology patient recall, simply isn't good enough, 

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan MLA has said.

Commenting on the response from the Health Department Permanent Secretary, the West Belfast MLA said: "The reply to the issues raised by the five main political parties regarding the Terms of Reference of the Independent Panel Inquiry into the Neurology recall has done nothing to address our concerns.

"The Permanent Secretary made no effort to involve or facilitate the parties input into the Terms of Reference for the Independent Inquiry Panel.

"This is unacceptable given that the panel is responsible for investigating how the largest patient recall in the north of Ireland has come about.

"Furthermore, the Permanent Secretary has unilaterally ceased providing fortnightly cross-party update briefings on developments regarding the recall of neurology patients.

"Essentially this cuts out democratic oversight and scrutiny regarding the ongoing recall and review of Dr Watt's neurology patients.

"Ultimately, the cross party briefings are about insisting that the needs of Dr Watt's former neurology patients must be met and that this is must be prioritised by the Department.

"Sinn Féin and other political parties had been using these update briefings to make clear the need for the initial review of 2,500 patients to be completed within the 12 week period as committed and that other patients at risk, such as those discharged previously by Dr Watt, also get any support they may need." 

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