Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “These figures are deeply worrying. The length of time that some people are waiting is far too long. Working towards reducing waiting list times should be a priority for the Department of Health.
“The staff in our hospitals and health centres are some of the most hard working and dedicated staff and this information should not be used to criticise their contribution.
“We need to ensure that the level of front line staff is not cut or we risk facing even higher levels of waiting lists.”