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This crisis cannot be tolerated... it's time for strong political leadership

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The  Covid 19 vaccination centre at the Royal Victoria  Hospitals in Belfast. Photo by Jonathan Porter  / Press Eye

The Covid 19 vaccination centre at the Royal Victoria Hospitals in Belfast. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye

The Covid 19 vaccination centre at the Royal Victoria Hospitals in Belfast. Photo by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye

It is nine years since one of the most senior doctors in the UK at the time, Dr Laurence Buckman, launched a stinging attack on waiting lists in Northern Ireland.

In March 2012, Dr Buckman, the then chair of the British Medical Association's GP committee, listened with horror as his Northern Irish colleagues described the waiting list crisis and said his patients in England would never tolerate the waits endured by patients here.


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