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Surgery patients in Northern Ireland are still waiting too long, MPs say

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:799
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Northern Ireland is lagging behind the rest of the United Kingdom in cutting waiting lists for surgery, despite spending more on acute services per patient than any other part of the country except Scotland, says a report published this week by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.

    Figures from the Northern Ireland Audit Office showed that last summer four patients per 1000 people in the province's population were waiting 12 months or longer. In Wales this number was three per 1000 and in England and Scotland it was practically zero.

    In 2000 Northern Ireland's expenditure on acute services was £329 ($580; £485) per capita, compared with …

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