Bradshaw queries detail of £30m for waiting list backlog

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has queried the Department of Health on where the detail is on the allocation of £30 million extra for delivering measures to eradicate the waiting lists backlog.

The South Belfast MLA stated: “At a Departmental Briefing nearly three weeks ago, MLAs were promised detail on clear measures to tackle waiting lists by the end of the month.

“Just as one example, we now have 10,376 people waiting over a year to see a consultant ophthalmologist for conditions such as cataract or glaucoma. These have a serious impact on people’s lives and cause serious concern – particularly as they are often experienced by people with other conditions, or who care for people with complex needs. The knock-on effect on families and social circles is vast.

“Therefore, we must move quickly to tackle waiting lists and provide assurances to those who are on them. We are already well overdue clarity on where money will be targeted and what this extra £30 million allocation will achieve.

“It is also long since time the two main parties recognised their responsibility to those 10,376 people and got on with the job of government.”

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