Watt compensation scheme to be set up
But decision could depend on the restoration of Stormont Executive
Victims of the neurology patient recall could receive compensation as health officials are considering a "redress scheme". However, Department of Health permanent secretary Richard Pengelly yesterday warned that any compensation scheme would require ministerial sign-off - raising questions as to how this would function in light of the current Stormont impasse. He said: "We're dealing with potentially some very significant issues here.
"These could have profound implications for patients, so at this stage I'm commissioning some work within the Department just to look at a redress scheme.
"Ultimately that will require consideration and sign-off by ministers."