Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has expressed concern that a review into the care of deceased neurology patients has not yet started, more than a year after it was announced.
The party’s health spokesperson was commenting after it was reported that work is still underway to establish the terms of reference and details of the review team that will probe the work of neurologist Dr Michael Watt as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the care he delivered.
She said: “The scale of the neurology recall was unprecedented with it being the largest patient recall ever to take place in the north.
“Undoubtedly this has been a huge challenge for Department of Health and other relevant authorities.
“However, it is not acceptable that a year after the review was called, it has still not got underway – nor has the department or Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) specified a date for its commencement.
“The review needs to get underway as soon as possible and people are entitled to have clarity as to when that will be.”