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NHS waiting times here 'are the worst across UK'

By Staff Reporter

Waiting times for the Northern Ireland public are the worst in the UK, a major BBC investigation has found.

The BBC has, for the first time, compiled and compared like-for-like statistics on the state of the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

At least 95% of patients should begin treatment within 62 days of receiving an urgent cancer referral from their GP.

But Northern Ireland hasn't hit a health target for cancer care since 2008.

And the target for almost all emergency department patients to be seen within four hours has never been met.

Statistics showed waiting times in Northern Ireland were continuing to deteriorate.

The Health and Social Care Board accepted the figures were not good enough and called for investment and reform.

The news comes at a time when pressure on health budgets is increasing and Northern Ireland trusts are considering cost cutting measures to continue to be sustainable.

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