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Dr Watt patient recall report due this month

Around 2,500 NHS patients and more than 100 private ones had to be contacted after a Royal College of Physicians report raised concerns over the work of consultant neurologist Dr Michael Watt (stock photo)
Around 2,500 NHS patients and more than 100 private ones had to be contacted after a Royal College of Physicians report raised concerns over the work of consultant neurologist Dr Michael Watt (stock photo)

By David Young

A report into the largest patient recall ever in Northern Ireland is to be published by the Department of Health later this month.

Around 2,500 NHS patients and more than 100 private ones had to be contacted after a Royal College of Physicians report raised concerns over the work of consultant neurologist Dr Michael Watt.

Richard Pengelly, permanent secretary at the Department of Health, wrote to MLAs last week with news of the report's impending publication, the Irish News reported.

Some former patients of Dr Watt have told this newspaper that they were "living in agony" and believe this is as a result of treatment they received from him.

Dr Watt was suspended from practice in January this year.

An independent inquiry, chaired by Brett Lockhart QC, has also been established to review the recall of neurology patients by the Belfast Trust.

Last month there was anger when it was revealed that a further review looking at the care of deceased patients of the neurologist, announced more than a year ago, had not even started.

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