Parties raise concerns with Neurology inquiry panel – Sheehan
Political parties met today with the Inquiry Panel investigating the neurology patient recall amid ongoing concerns over the handling of the controversy.
Commenting afterwards, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan said the parties had raised a number of issues.
The West Belfast MLA said: "We raised a number of concerns regarding the recently published Terms of Reference with the Panel Chair Brett Lockhart and Dr Hugo Mascie-Taylor.
"We were particularly concerned with the absence of a process to receive input from elected representatives in drafting the Terms of Reference.
“The Inquiry Panel itself recognised the importance of engaging directly with political representatives from the outset, which emphasises the failure of the Department of Health to facilitate input into the Terms of Reference from democratically elected representatives.
"Today's meeting could, and should, have happened before the terms of reference were finalised had the Department of Health facilitated such a process.
“The Independent panel emphasised the important role that political representatives can play throughout the inquiry process in bringing to the panel evidence of the experience of patients who were under the treatment of Dr Watt.
“We still have concerns about the overall process. However, we will continue to engage with the Inquiry Panel and to raise the concerns of affected patients because its crucial they get answers as to why they didn’t receive the care that they deserved and were entitled to.”