| 14.3°C Belfast

Close

Premium

Alarming rise in NI patients left waiting more than a year for hospital appointments

Concern after almost 17,000 people were added to list in January alone

Close

Almost 180,000 people had been waiting longer than 52 weeks for a first outpatient appointment at the end of January - up from 167,806 on December 31. (stock photo)

Almost 180,000 people had been waiting longer than 52 weeks for a first outpatient appointment at the end of January - up from 167,806 on December 31. (stock photo)

PA Archive/PA Images

Almost 180,000 people had been waiting longer than 52 weeks for a first outpatient appointment at the end of January - up from 167,806 on December 31. (stock photo)

The number of people waiting longer than one year for a hospital appointment grew by almost 17,000 in January this year, it can be revealed.

According to startling figures from the Health & Social Care Board (HSCB), almost 180,000 people had been waiting longer than 52 weeks for a first outpatient appointment at the end of January — up from 167,806 on December 31.


Top Videos



Privacy