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•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.

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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.

Irish Independent

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