Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 19th March 2013.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:30 pm, 19th March 2013

A cancellation can, but will not necessarily, lead to a delay.  For example, patients may have had their original appointment brought forward; they may have received their treatment; or they may be in hospital on the appointment date.  Obstetric patients may have cancelled because their baby was delivered by the time of the appointment, or some cancellations may be a result of internal patient administration system adjustments that do not affect a patient in any way.  So it can cause delay, but in many instances it does not.