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Patients under neurologist's care could have been misdiagosed

  • 01.05.2018
  • HannahBottomley
  • Opinion
  • Brain Injury Stroke neurology MS Parkinson's Disease motor neurone disease neurologist misdiagnosed

ni.jpgI approach this recall of neurology patients in Northern Ireland with mixed feelings. One the one hand it is great to see that the Trust involved has taken a pro-active approach and is reviewing all patients to ensure that their diagnosis and treatment is correct and appropriate.

However, on the other hand, it is gravely concerning to read that 2,500 patients under the care of one particular consultant may have been misdiagnosed.

Neurology focuses on disorders of the brain and is a key element of care for a high number of our clients who have suffered brain injury.

From our experience, we know that appropriate diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner can have a positive impact on people’s recovery and quality of life. It is therefore a real concern that patients in their thousands may have been denied appropriate care due to errors.

I hope all those effected are seen quickly so that they don’t have to endure a long time worrying if something has been missed on top of everything else they have been through.

Hannah Bottomley is a clinical negligence solicitor here at Potter Rees Dolan. Should you have any queries about clinical negligence issues or indeed any other aspect of this article and wish to speak to Hannah or any other member of the team please contact us on 0161 237 5888 or email Hannah directly.