What Happened?

3,200 patients were recalled by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust amid fears of misdiagnosis under the treatment of Neurology Consultant Doctor Michael Watt. The recall was initiated after concerns were raised by a GP about the diagnosis and treatment of patients under Dr. Watt.

Dr. Watt conducted NHS work in the Royal Victoria and City Hospital’s in Belfast. He also conducted private work in the Ulster Independent Clinic and Hillsborough Clinic, primarily treating patients for brain conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s, Stroke and Motor Neurone Disease.

Concerns were raised about misdiagnosis in May 2016, however, Dr. Watt was allowed to treat patients up until June 2017 and the patient recall wasn’t initiated until May 2018. This has raised serious questions about the Trust’s handling of the matter which may have exposed patients to avoidable misdiagnosis and mistreatment.

The Department of Health have commissioned an inquiry to investigate the matter, while hundreds of former patients face an anxious wait to be told if they have been misdiagnosed or mistreated.

How we can Help

A compensation scheme has been set up to award damages to former patients who have been misdiagnosed or mistreated. Dr. Watt treated patients for serious neurological problems, therefore the consequences of misdiagnosis or mistreatment could be life altering. Our expert medical negligence solicitor’s will help you to recover damages for the pain and suffering you have suffered as well as compensation to cover any medical expenses or other expenses you may incur.

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    was last modified: January 27th, 2022 by Conal McGarrity