3,200 neurology patients have been recalled following an independent review of a potential mass misdiagnosis, according to the Department of Health.
Only 281 patients have been re-assessed thus far, however the department of neurology remain to stay silent as to whether misdiagnosis has actually occurred.
Many other cases are to be reviewed, including former patients that may have been affected, meaning the amount of recalled patients could increase.
An independent inquiry into the patient recall, which involves both health service and private patients, has already been announced. It will be chaired by barrister Brett Lockhart QC.
The patients affected have received an apology from the Department of Health, and the issue has been recognised as the largest health recall.
The secretary said the health and social care services “apologised unreservedly”.
Neurology is the treatment of brain conditions including MS, Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease- all of which can be life-changing, and detrimental if misdiagnosed.
Many of the neurology patients mentioned that the care received was supportive and on-par with other departments, however the workload within neurology gave them cause for concern.
Many of his patients were recalled following a case review by the Health and Social Care Trust.