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Coronavirus: NI surgical capacity reduced by half as fears grow of effect on waiting lists

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Patient undergoing surgery

Patient undergoing surgery

Mark Regan

Mark Regan

Patient undergoing surgery

Surgical capacity in hospitals here has fallen by up to 50% as a result of Covid-19, it has been warned.

Mark Regan, chief executive of Kingsbridge Private Hospital, said precautions required to ensure patient safety during the pandemic will seriously hinder efforts to address the waiting list crisis.

It comes after latest official statistics have revealed that over 117,000 patients have been waiting more than a year for their first hospital appointment.