The utter dysfunctionality of the Stormont government is laid bare in these simple statisitics;
The total number of people waiting for a first outpatient appointment at the end of December 2010 was 124,589. This represents an increase of 42,019 (+50.9%) on the number waiting at the same time last year (82,570).
Got that, a 50% INCREASE year on year? Is that your idea of good effective government in action?
Now, how about those who have to wait 9 weeks or longer?
Hang on. Let’s review what the Health Ministry says the number should be, shall we?
The 2010/11 Ministerial target relating to outpatient waiting times states that by 31 March 2011, no patient should wait longer than nine weeks for a first outpatient appointment.
So, how’s it going? Remenber, ZERO is the declared target.
At the end of December 2010, there were 54,472 (43.7%) patients waiting more than nine weeks for a first outpatient appointment, of which 37,655 were waiting more than 13 weeks. The number of patients waiting longer than nine weeks represented an increase of 2,146 on the figure for the previous quarter (52,326), and was up 38,757 on the corresponding quarter in 2009 (15,715).
To those who come here and whinge about TUV demands for a better form of Government, can you EXPLAIN the above figures given that the level of spend in the local NHS is at all an time high?
Time for YOU to all face the facts that it isn’t working and that change must come – or else expect even more thousands to join the waiting lists, the dole queues – the factual output of the Executive.