McGrath: Lessons must be learned from neurology patient recall

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SDLP Health Spokesperson Colin McGrath has said that lessons must be learned from the neurology patient recall.

In total 5,448 former patients of Dr Michael Watt were part of the recall, with 19% of diagnoses deemed “not secure”.

The Department of Health issued an update on the final stage of the recall on Thursday.

South Down MLA Mr McGrath said:

“My thoughts are with all of the patients involved in this recall and their families today as information around the final stage is published. It is deeply concerning that of the nearly 5,500 patients recalled, almost one in five were given an insecure diagnosis. I can only imagine how worrying this was for them and their families and the impact it has had on their lives.

“It’s imperative that following the end of this recall process we learn important lessons and ensure that nothing like this is ever allowed to happen again. Checks and balances must be put in place to ensure that patients receive the best healthcare possible and that the work of medical professionals is regularly reviewed and they receive the help and support they need to perform to the best of their ability.

“I welcome the progress on a redress scheme for patients involved in the recall, we must ensure that they are properly compensated as soon as possible and that the process is straightforward to navigate. Clarity around the deceased patients review by the RQIA is also welcome. Findings are expected to be submitted by the end of this month and it’s important that families learn exactly what happened to their loved ones regarding their treatment.”

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