New figures show a small increase in overall hospital waiting lists of around 6,000.

The total number of people waiting in March was 745,298.

It represents a rise of about 0.8%, according to the figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

The number of people waiting for an inpatient or day case appointment has reduced by nearly 1,000.

The number of people waiting for an outpatient appointment is 546,630 - up by around 4,700.