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Department of Health - Conversion of the Independent Neurology Inquiry to a Statutory Public Inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005

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Published at 4.00 pm on Monday 14 December 2020.


Mr Swann (The Minister of Health): In my oral statement to the Assembly on 24 November 2020 I advised Members of my intention to convert the Independent Neurology Inquiry to a statutory Public Inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 (the Act).

In adherence with Section 6 of the Act, I am now notifying the Assembly that:

  • on 11 December 2020 I served notice on the Chair of the Independent Neurology Inquiry that the conversion date will be 11 December 2020;
  • the Chair of the Inquiry will remain as Mr Brett Lockhart QC, working together, and in partnership with Professor Hugo Mascie-Taylor as an Inquiry Panel Member; and
  • the changes to Terms of Reference are administrative and do not relate to the content of the Inquiry.  A copy of the revised Terms of Reference is attached to this statement for Members’ information.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Lockhart, Professor Mascie-Taylor and their wider team for the work they have undertaken to date and their commitment to ensure this conversion to a Public Inquiry will be completed as seamlessly as possible. 

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