The variety of sufferers who waited greater than 12 hours at A&E models in Northern Eire over Christmas virtually tripled in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
A complete of 928 sufferers waited longer than the 12-hour goal ready time at hospital emergency departments between 24 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.
Against this, 348 waited greater than 12 hours within the 2016-17 vacation interval.
The figures additionally present an 18-fold improve in these from Christmas 2015-sixteen.
Throughout that seasonal interval, solely forty eight sufferers have been stored ready longer than the 12-hour ministerial goal.
The figures have been obtained by BBC Information NI from Northern Eire’s Well being and Social Care Board (HSC).
The board stated emergency departments throughout the UK and Eire have been all dealing with vital pressures.
There was a yr-on-yr rise in complicated and critical circumstances, notably amongst the rising frail and aged inhabitants, stated the board in a press release.
That is on prime of an already very busy system, that makes responding to spikes in pressures harder, it added.
All the pressures dealing with the well being and social care service in Northern Eire emphasised the necessity for widespread reform of the present system, stated the board.
The Christmas and New Yr vacation interval was exceptionally busy for all of Northern Eire’s hospital emergency departments (EDs), with an unprecedented number of patients seeking treatment.
An HSC spokeswoman confirmed there had been no change within the methodology for compiling the ready time statistics.
The present ministerial target states that no-one ought to wait longer than 12 hours to be handled, discharged or admitted.
On Thursday, HSC deputy chief government Michael Bloomfield stated: “Over this vacation interval there was a specific improve in acuity and sickness of individuals coming into hospital, that has introduced vital challenges.”
He added that sufferers with “much less pressing circumstances who ought to extra appropriately see their GP or certainly a pharmacist”, have been including to the issues in EDs.
The HSC urged the general public to solely attend for pressing and life-threatening circumstances.
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