The family of a Fermanagh pensioner who has been waiting seven months for surgery on her broken arm have said they feel abandoned by the health service.
They said she is in constant pain since the fracture last October. She was told at the time she needed a plate fitted.
Her son said his mother felt let down by a system she had once believed in.
The Western Health and Social Care Trust said it intended to reduce waiting times by renovating wards.
Waiting times are becoming a nightmare across the NHS. They are not published overtly and fed through to GPs. Since Fund Holding, when waiting times interested every GP, there has never been accurate timely information available. In Wales of course the GP has no choice and has to refer locally. Whether choice is or is not available – surely overt information on waiting times and quality should be? When waiting lists are growing, more and more patients will be tempted to go privately, and thus increase inequalities.