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Manx Care to ask for money to tackle 'concerning' waiting lists

Thousands of patients waiting for appointments

Hospital waiting times are 'concerning' and work is underway to try and improve them.

Manx Care has confirmed to Manx Radio that it's in the process of asking Treasury for more money to help tackle the backlog.

Waiting list data shows thousands of patients are waiting for appointments across a number of specialities.

Maximum waiting times for first appointments in some areas have reached almost five years.

There are more than 3,300 people currently waiting for a cardiology referral with a maximum waiting time for a first appointment of 2.4 years.

Those waiting to be seen in endocrinology could wait 1,751 days – or 4.7 years – and it could be 4.3 years for a first gastroenterology appointment. 

Chief executive Teresa Cope says it's 'unacceptable' for anyone to wait that long:

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