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Posted on 14th May 2018

Neurology Patients Recalled For Misdiagnosis Fears

Over 2,500 neurology patients now face a diagnosis review after fears they may have been misdiagnosed in the past. A recall is affecting adults and children in Northern Ireland for diagnosis of a number of brain conditions such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s and MS. Should any patients in the recall found to have been misdiagnosed, the new results could be life changing and devastating.

Patients affected by the recall in Northern Ireland have been sent a letter, detailing instructions on making an appointment. An advice line has also been set up for those affected.

The reason behind a recall due to the fact a GP raised a concern about a patient’s diagnosis. After which the Belfast Health Trust admitted a serious situation has occurred and has apologised to patients and families. It is believed that the review is taking place due to wrong diagnoses performed by a specific doctor who had a private practice at Ulster Independent Clinic.

It is impossible to know how many patients have been affected by a misdiagnosis. However, it could prove to be very significant and further adds to the distress caused to patients.

What Negligence Claimline say

A medical misdiagnosis can be life-changing. It can be devastating especially if you have been left to suffer from a condition without the appropriate treatment. It can also be potentially harmful if you are given the wrong treatment as a result of the misdiagnosis.

When it comes to misdiagnosis, medical professionals can be found to be negligent if the time for diagnosis was unnecessarily delayed or doctors failed to examine you appropriately. You may also suffer misdiagnosis from an incorrect reading of test results and late referrals to specialists.

If you have suffered as a result of misdiagnosis, then it may be your right to claim. At Negligence Claimline we can help you to seek the compensation and answers that you deserve. Email our expert solicitors now at claims@negligenceclaimline.co.uk for your free claims assessment.