Sheehan welcomes establishment independent inquiry panel to review recall patients
Sinn Féin spokesperson for health Pat Sheehan has welcomed the establishment of an independent inquiry panel to review the recall of neurology patients by the Belfast Trust.
Speaking after the announcement this evening Mr Sheehan said:
"I welcome the establishment of an independent inquiry panel to review the process initiated by the Belfast Trust.
"Last week Iwrote to the Permanent Secretary calling for the department to include in its review all complaints from patients concerning Dr Watt prior to December 2016.
"I am pleased the Department has listened and that now complaints made by patients over a number of years prior to December 2016 - when the Belfast Trust say it first became aware of concerns - will be considered by the independent inquiry panel.
“This is necessary if we are to establish whether the deep stress and worry facing 2,500 patients at present could have been avoided."