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Waiting List reduction welcomed

3 April, 2006

Sinn Féin health spokesperson, John O'Dowd MLA, has welcomed the reduction in the number of people waiting to be admitted to hospital for treatment and paid tribute to the hard work of hospital staff across the Six Counties concerned in helping to achieve this.

"However", he said, "there is clearly much more that needs to be done, particularly when one examines the soaring numbers who are waiting for a first outpatient appointment. These dreadful statistics spell misery for so many people.

"A truer picture would show the number of people who should be on inpatient lists and are otherwise not even counted because they are waiting for further appointments such as scans, ultra sound tests and other investigations.

"We welcome the Minister for Health's, Shaun Woodward's, recognition of this misery and his pledge to deliver much shorter waiting times for all patients." ENDS

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