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Voluntary erasure of Northern Ireland neurologist being investigated for poor diagnosis to be challenged

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 30 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2958
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A decision to allow the neurologist at the centre of the biggest patient recall in Northern Ireland to remove himself from the medical register voluntarily is to be challenged in the High Court.

The General Medical Council criticised the decision by a medical practitioners tribunal to let Michael Watt take himself off the register without a hearing, but the regulator has no power to appeal against voluntary erasure.

Now the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), which does …

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