22/07/2015

Call For Action Plan To Be Implemented To Deal With Hospital Waiting Lists

Sinn Féin is calling for an action plan to be implemented to deal with hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland.

Chair of the Assembly's health committee, MLA Maeve McLaughlin, said the rise in waiting times is "not acceptable" for patients.

She said: "The health committee carried out an inquiry into waiting times and a number of recommendations were made, which need to be implemented as a matter of urgency.

"One was to look at the patient's journey from referral to treatment in its entirety and for set time frames to be introduced and enforced. An action plan is now needed from the department and the minister to reduce waiting times."

(CD/JP)

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