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Longer waiting times in Northern Ireland than in rest of UK deemed “unacceptable”

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 31 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3753
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Over 100 000 patients in Northern Ireland have waited more than a year for hospital treatment, official figures show.

The latest waiting time statistics from Northern Ireland’s Department of Health show that more than 18 000 patients have waited more than a year for inpatient treatment and that almost 88 600 have waited more than a year for an outpatient appointment.1

The Royal College of Surgeons said that the proportion of long waits was substantially worse than in the rest of the UK and called …

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