•Shock 40pc rise in hospital waiting lists
Published 27/08/2011 | 05:00
THE number of patients on hospital waiting lists has surged to 26,082 -- a rise of 40pc since the start of last year, the National Treatment Purchase Fund's annual report has revealed.
There were 18,517 in hospital queues for treatment at the end of 2009 -- but that number climbed to 20,684 at the end of 2010.
Since then the lists have risen by over 6,000 again, despite a pledge by the Government to speed up access to hospital for patients who rely on the public system.