GMC Begins Investigation Into Leading Neurologist

Following the decision last week by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust to recall 2,500 patients, the General Medical Council (GMC) has now begun its investigation into Consultant Neurologist, Dr Michael Watt. The GMC has imposed temporary restrictions on Dr Watt’s practice and a full investigation will take place.

200 additional clinics to review the 2,500 patients affected began last weekend and are due to continue for 12 weeks. A former Chief Executive of the Health and Social Care Board is sceptical however as to whether the 12 week target is realistic. Dr John Compton also stated “we are all the poorer for not having a functioning political system” and remarked that this meant that a minister was not available to comment on the situation and to answer questions and queries from MLAs.

Some of the patients involved in the neurology recall are experiencing further complications and have stated their review appointments have been changed at short notice. Patients involved have also complained that they have not been getting adequate aftercare and counselling. The Trust remarked “we know this is an anxious time for patients and while there are opportunities at clinics to speak to Trust staff, we recognise the need to offer additional counselling and are working hard to address this.”

Meanwhile, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust has apologised for a delay in providing children’s surgery at both Craigavon Area Hospital and Daisy Hill Hospital. The Trust apologised for a “regrettable delay” and conceded “our children’s theatres have not been running at full capacity”.

It is understood that as many as 100 families could be affected. A number of parents have stated their anger at the delays and at the failure to keep them informed. A spokesperson for the Trust has advised anyone affected to contact the Trust’s helpline.

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