The Department of Health has outlined plans for further elective care centres in Northern Ireland.
BMA Northern Ireland council chair Tom Black has welcomed the plans saying that radical action was needed to address the current waiting lists.
“Today’s announcement by the Department of Health is welcome news and shows that the Department is prepared to take action to tackle the issues we have in our healthcare system.
“There has been no positive change in waiting times over the past year and that makes this plan for changes to day surgery and elective care almost inevitable.
“Hopefully these plans will be developed in consultation with our members, and will make a real difference in tackling the pressure on acute services and address waiting times for patients.
“We know our members are frustrated when procedures are cancelled and their patients are let down, with this reorganisation treatment will be better planned and managed and this can only have a positive effect for everyone.”
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