Controversy surrounded the government’s announcement of a further fall in the number of people on NHS waiting lists during October.
Department of Health figures showed a 20,000 drop in inpatient waiting lists, the sixth monthly fall in a row.
However, the Institute of Health Services Management claimed that there had been a rise of 16% in the number of outpatients waiting over 26 weeks for a first appointment.
The row followed earlier allegations by the Conservative Party. Tories recently alleged that steps had been taken to hide the true size of the lists.
They said these measures included the existence of lists to get onto waiting lists, pressure on GPs not to refer and action taken to remove people from lists altogether.