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The health minister  announced a new public inquiry in to treatment provided by Mr Aidan O’Brien, who was employed as a consultant urologist by the Southern Trust.  Taking this step means that there are serious concerns regarding treatment provided by the Southern Trust’s Urology Department, which may affect over a thousand patients. The establishment of a public inquiry means the facts are not yet established, but that there appear to be questions to be answered.

In the course of the same announcement, the health minister confirmed the independent inquiry in to treatment provided by the Neurology Department of the Belfast Trust, under Dr Michael Watt, is to be upgraded to a public inquiry.  This reflects the seriousness of the ongoing investigation and is indicative of the level of concern that remains surrounding Dr Watt’s practice.

Clinical negligence actions run parallel to these inquiries. The complexity of the issues involved can make some patients feel intimidated by attempting to  investigating their own treatment. We are already assisting a number of patients treated by Dr Watt to pursue cases and have substantial experience of providing advice that helps guide clients through this process. 

If you think you may be a patient affected by either of these public inquiries, please contact Bronagh Mulgrew of this office on 028 9032 1863 or by email at Bronagh.mulgrew@edwardsandcompany.co.uk to discuss your next steps.


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