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Surgical services: Northern Ireland must speed up action to tackle UK’s worst waiting lists, says royal college

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 26 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1368
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

The Royal College of Surgeons of England has launched a 10 step plan to restore surgical services in Northern Ireland and tackle the patient harm arising from the UK’s worst waiting lists.

The college warned of unprecedented pressures on hospitals, as many patients now needed emergency care because their conditions had deteriorated while waiting. In a report on its plans it said that the risk of harm from long waiting lists was “already being observed in all surgical specialties.” It added, “The health minister has stated it will take 10 years to sort the backlog in elective care. This is a catastrophic assessment.”

The college’s report, titled Recovery: 10 Steps Not 10 Years, calls for quicker action including an …

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