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Waiting list for surgery on downward trend, say health chiefs 

Canary health chiefs have insisted that local people are waiting less time for surgery and though there is still much to be done, progress is being made.

Health Minister of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Manuel Baltar, said surgical activity over the last two years had increased by 8.86 per cent with respect to the data recorded in 2016. Thus, a total of 106,026 surgical procedures were recorded, which means 8,636 more interventions than in 2016, when 97,390 were carried out.

Between the years 2015-2016 and the years 2017-2018, Sr. Baltar explained that the increase in activity in the hospitals of the SCS was also recorded in the area of consultations, income and emergencies. Regarding the consultations, the total of 2017 and 2018 represents an increase of 9.7 per cent with respect to the registered in 2015 and 2016, that is, 612,529 more than in those years.

Sr. Baltar stressed that not only the surgical waiting list in the last two years has been reduced by 28 per cent, but that the decrease of those who waited most fell by 55 per cent, from the 12,817 patients in December 2016 to the current 5.809.

He said this increase in the activity of the hospitals of the SCS has allowed a change of trend in terms of the surgical waiting lists that have registered in the two years a continued decline to reach in two years a decrease of 28 per cent, with 9,628 patients less.

“This calculation reflects a period in which the operating rooms have been fully operational with the implementation of the new annual programmrs to reduce the waiting list: the Delay Plan and the CMA 24 and, that although, there is still much to be done, a very positive change of trend is evident, ” he said.

In this regard, he said that the average delay has been reduced by 42.5 days, from 181.5 days in December 2016 to the current 139, that is, 23.41 per cent less.