Hospital waiting lists for patients continued to rise in November, according to the latest performance report published by the HSE.

The number of people waiting to be seen at an outpatient clinic for the first time rose by 4,447 to 382,008.

Inpatient and day-case treatment waiting lists for adults and children also increased by over 1,600.

At the end of November, 55,571 adults and 5,513 children were waiting for treatment.

The number waiting beyond the HSE target of no longer than eight months for treatment for an adult and 20 weeks for a child also increased.

The HSE said that the four-week target for urgent colonoscopy checks was breached on 15 occasions but all patients were seen by 23 December.

The report notes a big increase in demand for emergency department and scheduled care in November.

Target waiting times were extended this month by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar so that by mid-year, no patient should be waiting longer than 18 months for inpatient, day case or outpatient treatment.

Mr Varadkar said that some of the waiting list figures would improve.

He said that the January figures were likely to show a reduction on the 835 delayed discharges and a fall in waiting times for the Fair Deal scheme.

Mr Varadkar also said that 98,237 more patients were seen in outpatient departments between January and November last year than over the same period the previous year.