Kieran McCarthy MLA said: The number of hospital appointments cancelled because consultants were not available is a staggering figure and is one which the Department of Health must look into urgently.
“It’s also very concerning that more than 127,000 appointments were cancelled by patients on the day they were scheduled to attend. This is a real drain on our resources and the issue must be addressed urgently.
“We are all trying to safeguard frontline services whilst trying to balance our public finances and I am deeply concerned at these statistics. We need to ensure efficiency in order to protect vital services. I would be very interested to see how much all cancellations cost our health system every year.”