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."