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Sheehan urges patients to engage with Neurology review

8 October, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Pat Sheehan MLA encouraged all those who have had experience of neurology services in Belfast to engage with the Neurology Inquiry Panel's questionnaire.

The Neurology Inquiry Panel was established to review the process initiated by the Belfast Trust in relation to concerns raised about the clinical practice of Dr Michael Watt and to assess whether any complaints or concerns raised should have provided grounds for earlier intervention.

Speaking after the launch of the Inquiry Panel's public engagement process today, the West Belfast MLA commented: "The recall of neurology services earlier this year was the largest patient recall in the north of Ireland.

"It has been a very worrying and stressful time for all those neurology patients directly involved in the recall and many other patients and former patients of neurology services in the Belfast Trust.

"I would encourage all those affected, whether patients, former patients, relatives of patients and health care workers to take the opportunity to have their voice heard and engage with the Panel's questionnaire.

"It is important that the panel hears the experiences of those who used the service and those who worked within neurology services at that time.

"This is vital if the panel is to establish whether action could have been taken earlier to address the concerns of patients and to ensure mistakes are not repeated."

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