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Investment on waiting lists announced by the Department of Health

You might have heard in the media yesterday that the Department of Health has announced investment of £30 million on waiting lists. 

The Department of Health has said “The £30million investment will be targeted at inpatient and outpatient waiting times, with priority given to the most urgent cases and reducing the longest waits.”

Earlier this month we publishedOur lived experience of waiting for healthcare – People in Northern Ireland share their story” which highlighted that deteriorating physical and mental health, worsening pain, loss of income and social isolation are just some of the issues that people are struggling to cope with as they wait for care.

Sustainable solutions that address this ongoing crisis are required, and clear and accurate information needs to be available immediately, so that people can make informed choices about their care.

The Department of Health has said “More details on the full £100million transformation fund allocations will be made public shortly, however the key aspects will be:

  • investment in the establishment of elective care centres – stand-alone day surgery units that will provide an important part of the long-term transformation solution to waiting times; supporting innovations in hospitals;
  • the development of enhanced primary care services in GP clinics;
  • initiatives in staff training, social care and countering diabetes.”

You can read the full statement from the Department of Health here.


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MARGARET PEACOCK 26-Mar-2018 at 10:40 hrs

there is a much needed centre for fibromyalgia clinic in northen ireland and it would be good if we at the charity here in belfast could speak with with the heads of the health service do you think that is possible ?. my office number is 02890355655 margaret peacock Director of Fibromyalgia Support NORTHEN IRELAND.


Brendan Clarke 25-Mar-2018 at 15:15 hrs

Having become a non-person on an urgent waiting list, since December 2017, for free theatre space to carry out a day procedure I understand the need for stand alone day surgery units. Until these are established and the RVH is made to complete the new Tower Block with its new theatres to make a substantial impact on waiting lists sufficient to free-up GP`s time there is no point in wasting money developing enhanced primary care services in GP clinics which are already over-burdened. Reducing hospital waiting lists by increasing GP waiting lists only adds to the problem.


jeanette armstrong 24-Mar-2018 at 10:08 hrs

im waiting to see a caroglist at the belfast city hospital and also waiting for a knee replacement at musgrave hospital


charlie lynn 23-Mar-2018 at 18:31 hrs

I really hope this money invested is put to good use as it's frightening how many people I know that or waiting lists. I myself am on a waiting list now for eight weeks for just an appointment with the pain clinic.