Spotlight Investigation into Dr Michael Watt

A BBC Spotlight investigation has revealed that Dr Watt, the suspended Consultant Neurologist, carried out hundreds of unnecessary procedures on patients.

Almost 3000 patients of Dr Watt were recalled in 2018 and Spotlight has now revealed that one in five patients were told at the recall that they had been misdiagnosed. Dr Watt worked in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. He was removed from clinical duties in 2017 and was suspended from practising medicine in early 2019.

The Spotlight programme, which first aired on 19th November 2019, explained that Dr Watt was responsible for a huge spike in the number of epidural blood patches carried out in 2015 and 2016. This procedure, which involves injecting the patient’s blood into their spine, was carried out more times in 2015 and 2016 by Dr Watt alone than by 96 UK health trusts who responded to the programme. A blood patch expert called the number of procedures carried out by Dr Watt “extraordinarily high”.

A PSNI spokesperson has requested information from the Department of Health to determine “if any criminal offences can be identified”.

MTB Solicitors are currently acting for a number of Dr Watt’s former patients. If you have been treated by Dr Watt and have any concerns or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.