A review of the medical records of 44 deceased patients of the disgraced former neurologist Dr. Michael Watt has revealed “significant medical malpractice” and “poor communication with families”.
The review was carried out by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) after being commissioned by the regulator RQIA.
It came after a 2018 recall of 2,500 outpatients who were in the care of Dr. watts were. He worked at the foundation until 2017.
According to the RQIA, there may be more than 3,000 deceased patients who were in the care of Dr. watts were.
In June, an independent report released following the investigation led by Brett Lockhart QC found that existing patient safety systems and processes were failing and problems with Dr. Watts have been overlooked for years and opportunities to intervene have been lost.
Through the request, the care of more than 5,000 former patients of Dr. watts checked.
The published report contained 76 recommendations to the Department of Health, health organizations, the General Medical Council and the independent sector.
The Belfast Trust has previously apologized to the patients who were “under the care of Dr. Watt have suffered avoidable and unnecessary harm”.
This separate review of 44 deaths found a misdiagnosis rate of 45% in this patient group, which was double that in living patients.
In almost half of the cases reviewed, the panel considered the diagnosis uncertain.
In a number of cases, it is also believed that some patients “were denied holistic supportive care that would have made their condition and ultimately end-of-life care more manageable”.
In response to that review, Paula Bradshaw, Alliance Party MLA and health spokesperson, said: “My thoughts are with the families of the deceased.
“I hope looking back at the treatment of their loved ones offers some comfort and (answers) unanswered questions.”
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein’s Caral Ni Chuilin said the cases under review should be referred to the coroner.
“The RCP identified a number of deficiencies in the management of these patients, including inaccurate diagnoses, inappropriate treatments, poor record keeping and poor communication,” she said.
“The review team made a number of recommendations to address systemic errors in the ‘care’ of these patients.
“And it was also recommended that the death certificates of several deceased patients should be reviewed and that the coroner should examine these cases.
“I support this call.
“I also share the concern of families affected by the neurology scandal that there may be others who have lost loved ones whose cases have not been investigated.”
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