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'Horrifying' waits for a hospital specialist revealed

Shocking figures show how NI's waiting lists in some specialties have doubled during pandemic

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Front line: An emergency department nurse wearing PPE

Front line: An emergency department nurse wearing PPE

Alliance’s Paula Bradshaw

Alliance’s Paula Bradshaw

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Front line: An emergency department nurse wearing PPE

The extent of Northern Ireland's waiting list shame can be revealed on Wednesday with a growing number of patients facing harrowing waits of up to six years for a first hospital appointment.

In some cases, people with painful and debilitating conditions who have been referred for an urgent outpatient appointment are enduring waits of almost five years before they first see a hospital consultant.

Official figures have also confirmed fears that the pandemic has caused waiting times to rocket, with wait times in some specialties double what they were before Covid-19 arrived in Northern Ireland.


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