Updating patients on neurology concerns in Northern Ireland

The General Medical Council has been investigating concerns about the doctor at the centre of the neurology patient recall in Northern Ireland since April 2018.

The case has understandably been subject to considerable public interest, and we’ve received a large volume of information from patients and the Independent Neurology Inquiry.

A spokesperson from the GMC said:

‘This has been a deeply distressing and vulnerable time for many patients and families. Our sympathy goes out to those affected, and we know how difficult it has been for those awaiting answers

‘We believe we have sufficient evidence to progress our primary case, relating to the doctor’s clinical skills, in order to protect future patients.

‘We have received concerns directly from a number of patients and we are currently in the process of contacting everyone who has been in touch with us, or with the Inquiry, to update them on our investigation.

‘Where a complaint that we have received meets our threshold for investigation we will first pursue those that are the most likely to demonstrate impaired fitness to practise. In some instances, we will pause investigations until the conclusion of our primary case.

‘We always strive to complete our investigations as quickly as possible, in the interests of all involved. This has however been a complex case and we are grateful for everyone’s patience and cooperation.’