Manx hospital waiting lists lengthening in the wake of pandemic

UK hospitals being asked to help out – Health Minister

The hidden cost of the Coronavirus crisis to the Manx Health Service has been brought under the spotlight with the news that more than 2,500 people have now been waiting for over a year for hospital appointments. 

The figure represents a 20 per cent rise since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Worst affected have been patients requiring orthopaedic and ear, nose and throat (ENT) appointments.

Health Minister, David Ashworth says UK hospitals are being contacted to see if they can assist with bringing down the Island’s waiting lists, though he’s aware they have their own problems at the current time.