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Private referrals suspended by Trust

25th September 2009

Belfast Health Trust has decided that it will no longer refer patients to the private sector for operations because it cannot afford to.

Patients throughout Northern Ireland are often referred to private clinics for knee, hip, heart and cataract operations, helping to reduce waiting lists. Trust Chief Executive William McKee said the move was temporary but it would impact on waiting times. Last year the Belfast trust paid for 7,000 private operations and it has commissioned another 4,000 so far this year.


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