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Spain surgery lists hit historic lengths

AFP-JIJI

Waiting lists for surgery in crisis-hit Spain’s public hospitals were the longest on record in 2012 as emergency spending cuts hit home, government figures show.

Updated figures for December 2012 published over the weekend by the Health Ministry showed the average waiting time for a nonurgent operation was 100 days, up from 76 days in June of that year.

It was by far the longest waiting time and the sharpest rise since records began in 2004, the data showed.

The figures showed that 571,395 people were waiting for operations in December 2012, up from 536,911 in June and from 459,885 in December 2011 when the current conservative government took power.