The Department of Health has released data relating to the number of inpatient and outpatient events taking place across the NHS.
According to the figures revealed by the government, GP referrals made this year show a 2.1 per cent increase compared to the same period last year on a year to date (YTD) basis, which is a three per cent increase when adjusted for working days.
"GP referrals seen this year, on a YTD basis, are currently showing a 0.5 per cent increase compared to the same period last year (1.3 per cent increase adjusted for working days)," it was noted by the Department of Health.
It was also revealed that the volume of first outpatient attendances, on a YTD basis, showed a 1.1 per cent increase compared to the same period last year (a 1.9 per cent increase adjusted for working days).
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