Official waiting lists are produced on a quarterly basis. Information on the number of patients waiting more than six months for in-patient treatment in Northern Ireland hospitals is provided in the following table for the quarters ending December 2005, March 2006, June 2006 and September 2006.
Quarter ending Number of patients waiting six months and over December 2005 10,403 March 2006 6,580 June 2006 5,144 September 2006 3,786 Source: Departmental Information return CH1
Number of patients waiting six months and over
Departmental Information return CH1
There is a ministerial commitment that by March 2007 no one will have to wait more than six months for in-patient or daycase treatment.
Since the end of September 2006 continued progress has been made towards this target and based on provisional performance monitoring information, 2,681 patients were waiting more than six months for in-patient treatment at the end of December 2006—a reduction of approximately 29 per cent. on the position at the end of September 2006.
Official waiting list figures for in-patient/daycase admission for quarter ending December 2006 will be published on 1 March 2007 and will be available at:
A copy of the next waiting list bulletin will be available in the House of Commons Library.