17/05/2018

Public Apology Issued After Neurology Patients Recalled

The Department of Health has issued an apology to over 2,500 neurology patients who are being recalled following an independent review.

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust announced the recall following a probe into the work of neurology consultant Dr Michael Watt.

Permanent Secretary, Richard Pengelly, "apologised unreservedly" and said a review into the issue would be "open and robust".

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA welcomed the apology however she said more communication and action is needed.
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"I have spoken to many healthcare personnel over the last couple of weeks and I feel Mr Pengelly's comments today very much reflect their personal sentiments," said the south Belfast MLA.

"We are all proud of our health and social care sector and the immense dedication and efforts of staff at all levels within it, so the Permanent Secretary's intervention today is to be welcomed.

"However, it is clear more communication for those potentially affected by this recall is needed, as well as action taken to reassure patients measures are in place to ensure this does not happen again."

(CD/MH)

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