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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Update on child health waiting lists

Health Minister Robin Swann provides an update on the child health waiting lists following publication of a report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY).

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I welcome the review of Child Health Waiting Lists in Northern Ireland carried out by the Commissioner for Children and Young People. Waiting times were clearly unacceptable prior to COVID-19 and have been exacerbated by the devastating impact of the pandemic across all aspects of service provision including, unfortunately, across children’s services.

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“The data in relation to paediatric red flags referred to in the NICCY report was correct as of April 2021.  

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“Based on September monitoring information there are no red flag paediatric patients waiting more than 52 weeks. 

“Addressing waiting lists remains a top priority for me however it will require systemic change and long term investment.”

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