The number of people waiting to be seen at an outpatient department increased last month by over 3,300 to 556,770.

There has also been a small increase in the waiting lists for inpatient, or day care treatment, up by 740 to 67,303.

Overall national waiting lists are at over 758,400 patients, up by over 8,900.

The figures published this evening by the National Treatment Purchase Fund are for January and compare to December.