Detectives from the Police Service’s Major Investigation Team have provided an update on Operation Begrain, an investigation into the clinical practices of former Consultant Neurologist, Michael Watt.

Detective Inspector Gina Quinn said: “Michael Watt worked for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, and also held private clinics at Hillsborough Private Clinic and the Ulster Independent Clinic.

“Last November, we launched an investigation into the former Consultant Neurologist’s clinical practices.  We highlighted how former patients, or their next of kin or representatives, could report any concerns regarding their medical treatment to police.

“Since that time, 154 people have contacted our Operation Begrain investigation team.”

Detective Inspector Quinn continued: “We continue to encourage anyone with concerns to use the online reporting form where possible.  It will guide you through the questions, and is available 24 hours a day.  It’s the quickest and easiest way to make a report.

“However, anyone unable to use the online reporting facility, can make a phone call.  The new number to call is 028 3025 9200, and a voicemail facility is in place.  Simply leave your contact details and a member of the team will get back to you.

“We recognise wholeheartedly this may be a distressing time for many.  Importantly, our webpage includes details of various available support networks.”

The Police Service has outlined ways to get in touch:

The dedicated online reporting platform can be accessed via:
A dedicated webpage includes links to a number of support networks:
For general enquiries, email the team at: [email protected]
Alternatively, telephone 028 3025 9200