Wednesday February 26, 2020

Hospital wait lists worsen by 60 per cent

In December 2016, there were 84,316 people waiting longer than 12 months on the outpatient waiting list. By November 2017, that figure had increased by 60 per cent to 134,637.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
31st December, 2017
Minister for Health Simon Harris

Waiting times for hospital appointments soared in 2017, with those awaiting outpatient appointments for longer than 12 months climbing steadily. In December 2016, there were 84,316 people waiting longer than 12 months on the outpatient waiting list. By November 2017, that figure had increased by 60 per cent to 134,637.

Last January, Minister for Health Simon Harris announced that driving down the length of time patients were waiting for hospital care was a priority for 2017.

In a report published last week, the Department...

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