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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Northern Ireland’s health service lost about £16m last year because patients failed to attend hospital appointments.

According to the Department of Health, every time someone fails to turn up for a hospital appointment it costs the health service about £108.

Newly published hospital statistics show that about 147,500 patients did not keep their appointments last year.

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Those patients also failed to alert staff in advance that they would not attend, meaning resources were wasted.

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Considering £1m could employ 35 full-time nurses, or allow 150 people to have their hip operation, health service commissioners would argue that the public should be more responsible.


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