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NI health service is facing 'tsunami' of negligence cases over cancelled operations

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The health service in Northern Ireland is likely to face a barrage of legal cases from patients who have been denied treatment due to the pandemic, as it can be revealed that 611 cancer operations have been cancelled in just two weeks.

According to figures released by the Health & Social Care Board yesterday, 1,329 elective procedures were cancelled between January 12 and January 25 as the health service buckles under the demands of Covid-19, and more than 600 of these were red flag and cancer operations.

Patrick Mullarkey, partner and joint head of healthcare with O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors, has warned there will be a "tsunami of medical negligence cases that could become one of the many fallouts of the pandemic".


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