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Musgrave Park Hospital

Musgrave Park Hospital

Elective surgery in Northern Ireland will not return until next year, it has been warned

Elective surgery in Northern Ireland will not return until next year, it has been warned

Musgrave Park Hospital

Elective surgery in Northern Ireland will not return until next year, it has been warned.

A hospital consultant, speaking on the condition of anonymity, has provided a devastating assessment of surgical services here, with theatres lying empty due to the staffing crisis facing Northern Ireland's nursing workforce.

He claimed surgeons are "twiddling their thumbs" unable to help tens of thousands of people waiting for operations due a shortage of nurses.