Thousands of people are being forced to endure lengthy waits at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital’s casualty department.
New figures released this morning show that in the first three months of 2015, a total of 4263 people - almost a third of all patients who presented to the Casualty department - waited more than 4 hours to be seen.
In March 67% of all patients were seen within the four hour timeframe.
Department of Health targets dictate that 95% of all patients will be treated, admitted or discharged patients within a strict four hour time frame - and that no patient will wait longer than 12 hours in casualty departments.
During January, February and March, 14 patients waited longer than 12 hours to be seen at A&E at the Derry Hospital.