Northern Ireland patients recalled over misdiagnosis fears

By Gary Adair

Over 2,500 patients in Northern Ireland have been recalled by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust over fears of misdiagnosis.

The wide-scale recall of patients follows a review of the work of Dr Michael Watt, a neurology consultant at the Belfast trust. A GP raised concerns about the diagnosis and treatment of a patient under Dr Watt in December 2016. Reviews were then carried out, resulting in all 2,500 patients of Dr Watt receiving letters asking them to attend one of the 200 additional clinics starting from 5th May.

Some of the brain conditions that the patients have been diagnosed with include MS, Parkinson's Disease, Stroke and Motor Neurone Disease. The concern is that some of the patients may have been misdiagnosed and may have been receiving the wrong treatment.

Dr Mark Mitchelson of the neurosciences department at the Belfast Health Trust said "the change in diagnosis could potentially be very significant" and expressed regret "for any distress that has been caused" to the patients who have been recalled.

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