FOR THE first time, the central government has released statistics in their entirety detailing surgery waiting lists and times across Spain.
Comparing the situation of the region with the rest of Spain, Murciano Health Service (SMS) is not left in good standing.
14 per cent – the percentage of Murcia patients whose waiting time exceeded the six months of waiting before June 30 2016. In the whole of Spain, the percentage was 8.8 per cent.
52 days – the average waiting time for an initial consultation with a specialist in June 2016, compared to 51 days of national average.
68 per cent – the percentage of Murcia patients who exceeded 60 days of waiting time. In the whole of Spain, the percentage was 40 per cent, representing a difference of almost 30 points.
In such a way, Murcian patients expected a waiting time of 95 days on average for a surgical intervention before June 30, 2016, compared to 83 days on average in Spain. Only the Canary Islands (162 days), Castilla-La Mancha (147 days) and Extremadura (128 days) exceeded the delays recorded in Murcia.
The delays in these communities contrast with the scarce delays in La Rioja (46 days) and the Basque Country (49 days).
Murcia leads the wait in two specialties: Otorhinolaryngology (127 days of average delay compared to 75 of average in Spain) and thoracic surgery (121 days of average delay compared to only 50 of average in Spain).
Waits are also triggered in cardiac surgery, where only patients in Extremadura are forced to wait longer than those in Murcia. In Murcia it takes 111 days on average for an intervention of this specialty, while in Extremadura it is necessary to wait for 126 days.
20.5 patients per thousand were waiting to be operated in the summer of 2016 in the region.
Together with data from June 2016, the Ministry of Health has published all the complete statistics since 2012, which makes it possible to compare how the situation has evolved in different communities.