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Long-awaited report of the neurology inquiry to be issued on 21 June 2022

The Independent Neurology Inquiry has confirmed that a statement regarding the long-awaited Inquiry report will be issued to the public on 21 June 2022 at 11am.

Meanwhile the Department of Health has issued a final outcomes report in respect of the patient recall.  The report confirms that almost one in 5 of the patients recalled (19%) as part of the 2018 recall were issued with an alternate diagnosis following their attendance at the recall clinic.  

The report also revealed issues concerning management plans for patients and prescription of medication for neurological conditions.

In May 2018, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust announced its intention to recall over 2,000 patients who were under the care of Dr Michael Watt, Consultant Neurologist.  This was followed by the recall of a further 1,000 patients in August 2018.

Dr Watt was suspended from practice during the investigation undertaken by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and subsequently sought and was granted voluntary removal from the medical register in 2021.  

We are acting on behalf of a number of Dr Watt’s former patients who received an incorrect diagnosis and/or been prescribed the wrong medication.  We welcome the indication that the findings of the inquiry are imminent and will review and advise our clients accordingly following publication. 

If you have been affected by the patient recall and are anxious or concerned about a diagnosis or delay/failure to diagnose a condition, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Worthingtons have a dedicated team of clinical negligence solicitors who will gladly provide advice on all aspects of clinical negligence claims in Northern Ireland. Contact Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on (028 9043 4015) or Nikki McConnell at our Newtownards office on (028 9181 1538) for advice and guidance on this process.

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