Hospital waiting lists: £31m needed to tackle problem

Hospital waiting lists: £31m needed to tackle problem

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Michelle O’Neill says she is confident the money will be agreed after the election on 2 March

More than £31m is required to treat patients who have been waiting more than a year for some appointments, the health minister has said.

The money would ensure anyone waiting 12 months to either see a consultant or start treatment by March 2017 would be seen and treated by March 2018.

Michelle O’Neill says she is confident the money will be agreed after the election on 2 March.

She told BBC News NI she believes the plan is achievable.

The minister published her strategy to tackle hospital waiting lists on Tuesday and which involves both a short and long-term plan

The minister revealed, that while it is not contained in the action plan, £1m is being invested in the private sector in order to start tackling waiting lists immediately.

Source: BBC News – Northern Ireland

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