Across the UK, hospitals are under immense strain. But in Northern Ireland, the problems are on another scale.
Before Covid, more than one in sixteen of the population were on a hospital waiting list, and problems have gotten much worse since then.
Our own Factcheck team have been looking into the state of the health service in Northern Ireland.
In A&E, the number waiting more than four hours for treatment has gone up from an average of 11,000 a month in 2011 to nearly 30,000 last year; a nearly three-fold rise. And, just looking at breast cancer, the number of patients waiting more than two weeks to see a consultant went from an average of 10 per month to 570 over the same period; that’s 57 times more.
We were in the Craigavon Area Hospital in Portadown.