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Over 500 children waiting longer than four years for their first appointment

Shocking report also reveals 24 youngsters referred as red flag hospital cases waiting for longer than 52 weeks

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Launch: Watching Minister Robin Swann open the Macmillan Cancer Unit are Paul Gribbin, former patient; Mary-Jo Thompson, interim assistant director for medical and cancer services, South Eastern HSC Trust; Lynda Thomas, chief executive Macmillan Cancer; Laura Scott, Macmillan ward manager, and Mary Williamson, deputy sister. Credit: Darren Kidd

Launch: Watching Minister Robin Swann open the Macmillan Cancer Unit are Paul Gribbin, former patient; Mary-Jo Thompson, interim assistant director for medical and cancer services, South Eastern HSC Trust; Lynda Thomas, chief executive Macmillan Cancer; Laura Scott, Macmillan ward manager, and Mary Williamson, deputy sister. Credit: Darren Kidd

Launch: Watching Minister Robin Swann open the Macmillan Cancer Unit are Paul Gribbin, former patient; Mary-Jo Thompson, interim assistant director for medical and cancer services, South Eastern HSC Trust; Lynda Thomas, chief executive Macmillan Cancer; Laura Scott, Macmillan ward manager, and Mary Williamson, deputy sister. Credit: Darren Kidd

More than 500 children in Northern Ireland had been waiting longer than four years for a first hospital appointment in April, shocking new figures have revealed.

A further 5,445 youngsters had been waiting between two and four years, according to the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY).


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