Nearly half a million wait 11 weeks for ops

23rd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

23 September 2004 MADRID - Nearly half a million patients in Spain were waiting an average of 11 weeks for operations, according to figures just released. The Ministry of Health released figures late Wednesday which showed 406,000 patients waited an average 77 days for surgery. The figures were taken at 31 December 2003, and are the first released by the new Socialist government. At least 35,000 of these patients - or 8.6 percent - waited up to six months for operations, according to the figures. The bigge

23 September 2004
 
MADRID - Nearly half a million patients in Spain were waiting an average of 11 weeks for operations, according to figures just released.
 
The Ministry of Health released figures late Wednesday which showed 406,000 patients waited an average 77 days for surgery.
 
The figures were taken at 31 December 2003, and are the first released by the new Socialist government.
 
At least 35,000 of these patients - or 8.6 percent - waited up to six months for operations, according to the figures.
 
The biggest single waiting list was for cataract operations. There were 71,000 patients who were left waiting an average of 81 days.
 
The longest waiting list was for hip replacements, with patients wiaitng 266 days on average, and specialist foot operations for which patients had to wait 132 days for surgery.
 
The Minister of Health, Elena Salgado, promised to give regular updates on surgical waiting lists every six months.
 
But she said she wanted to avoid the use of hospital waiting lists for political reasons.
 
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]


 
Subject: Spanish news

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