I know that I am personally delighted that we in Northern Ireland have our own Ministers at Stormont whose decision-making prowess makes SUCH a difference to our lives.
Patients face waiting substantially longer for hospital appointments under new Stormont targets. Doctors’ leaders have warned the waiting list crisis is so severe patients could wait up to five years to be treated in hospital from the time they see their GP.
Latest figures revealed that over 15,500 people had waited longer than five months for a first appointment with a consultant in June this year. The statistics provide a small insight into the misery heaped on patients as the Northern Ireland NHS struggles to cope. Until March this year, Government targets stated all patients must have their first outpatient appointment within nine weeks of being referred by their GP. However, Health Minister Edwin Poots introduced a new target in April which allows health bosses to let patients wait much longer before getting treatment.
Poots the younger is, of course, an enlightened individual whose soaring intellect is beyond our comprehension so when he uses his power to ensure people wait longer, much longer, then we should doff our caps in respect and be thankful for devolution and for the DUP who really are making our lives so much..different, if a little shorter.