Almost 30,000 patients were waiting longer than six months for planned hospital care at the end of March, new figures show.
The number of adults waiting longer than six months for inpatient and daycase care has spiralled to 26,838, up from 9,643 when the Fine Gael/Labour government took office in March 2011.
An additional 2,944 children were waiting longer than six months for their inpatient and daycase elective care, according to figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF).
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