Waiting list for basic health services exceeds 127,000

More than 127,000 people are on waiting lists for basic health services such as physiotherapy and eye tests, with more than 18,000 left waiting for over a year.Getting an appointment can depend on geography more than need, as patients in some areas are called relatively quickly, while others living elsewhere face lengthy queues. The largest waiting list in the country is for speech and language services, with 38,424 people awaiting appointments, 16,126 of them for an initial assessment, 7,732 for therapy, and 14,566 for further therapy.

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