GMC responds to findings of Independent Neurology Inquiry

Responding to the publication today of the Independent Neurology Inquiry’s report, Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:
‘Mr Watt’s patients and their families have been let down and many have suffered immense harm, and our thoughts are with them. We acknowledge that during our investigations we could and should have done more to act on clinical concerns sooner and to share information more effectively with other organisations. We are sorry that we did not.

‘We will be carefully considering the Inquiry’s recommendations and any wider references to the GMC. We have made a number of improvements to our processes since the concerns about Mr Watt’s practice were identified, but we know there is more to do and we will not shy away from this task. Where there are lessons to be learnt from this case, we will learn them, and we will make the necessary improvements so that patients are not exposed to harm in this way again.’