Patient recall update

Date published: 09 May 2018

Department of Health Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly has today held discussions with two private sector clinics with links to neurologist Dr Michael Watt.

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The discussions focussed on actions required following the patient recall announcement in relation to Dr Watt’s Belfast Health Trust patients.

Mr Pengelly said: “I was very pleased to receive assurances from both organisations that they are focussed on rapidly identifying the active patient list in respect of Dr Watt’s practice with them.

“Both Hillsborough Private Clinic and the Ulster Independent Clinic gave us an assurance that they will endeavour to ensure that all their patients are reviewed within the same 12 week target timescale established by Belfast Trust for its patients.

“For our part, I assured both organisations that in the event they have any difficulty achieving this target, we will work with them to offer whatever assistance we can.”

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