NI patients wait six months for scan results

Patients in Northern Ireland are waiting six months for the results of scans for potentially life-threatening illnesses because reform is stalling, according to the BMA.

GPs are concerned about the government’s decision to delay further implementation of the Review of Public Administration and knock-on delays to setting up GP commissioning.

BMA Northern Ireland chairman Dr Brian Patterson said delaying change meant GP support gained over the last 18 months was in ‘grave danger of being lost entirely’.

Lack of reform has led to problems including cognitive behavioural therapy services being removed or withheld.

Waiting list targets for inpatient and day cases of 18 weeks by the end of September 2007 were not being met.

Dr Patterson met Northern Ireland health minister Michael McGimpsey yesterday to raise concerns.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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