The Health Minister of the Canary Islands Government, José Manuel Baltar, and the director of the Canary Islands Health Service, Conrado Domínguez, informed on Wednesday that the Surgical waiting list experienced an interannual reduction of 14.1% or 4,049 patients, according to the data registered on December 31, 2018 with respect to the same date of the previous year.
Baltar noted that the change in trend that had been appreciating since the second half of 2017 has been consolidated so that it has also been possible to reduce the average delay for an intervention, an important indicator that has been reduced in one month and one week, specifically in 36.8 days, during this year, highlighted by press release from the regional department.
The Minister of Health said that these results that place the surgical waiting list in 24,629 people is fruit of the effort of SCS workers, which have achieved with the implementation of the different programs, decrease, in two years, the surgical waiting list by 28% from the 34,327 outstanding citizens then, according to the same sources.
In addition, "the current data, although they have to keep improving, did not register since 2011, the year in which the waiting list began to rise until reaching its maximum in 2016", Baltar stressed before stating that in the last exercise a greater effort was made on patients who waited more than a semester and, therefore, the waiting list of more than six months was reduced by 40%, which It assumes that 5,809 people saw their process resolved in 2018.
The Minister of Health explained that four surgical specialties account for 70% of the waiting list: traumatology, ophthalmology, general and digestive surgery together with urology, just the areas that more reduction achieved were the first three together with otolaryngology.
Balance since 2016
José Manuel Baltar and Conrado Domínguez also offered an assessment of the management of the waiting list of the two years that they lead at the head of the department, "in which the operating rooms of public hospitals have been maximum performance"
In this sense, Conrado Domínguez highlighted not only that the surgical waiting list in those two years has been reduced by 28%, but that the decrease of those who most expected fell by 55%, from the 12,817 patients in December 2016 to the current 5,809.
As he pointed out, "one of the important indicators that shows the behavior of the waiting list approach is that of average delay, which has been reduced by 21%, going from 181 days on average in December 2016 to the current 139, that is 42 days less in two years.
In this regard, they added that the median, which is the statistical data that reflects that half of the patients awaiting a surgical intervention expect that number of days or less, is at 77 days, compared to 131 December 2016, which means that half of patients take less than 77 days to have surgery.
The director of the SCS advanced that all the hospitals have managed to reduce the surgical waiting list, although he highlighted the Hospital Doctor Negrín has managed to reduce its average waiting time in 100 days, that of Fuerteventura in 71 days and that of La Candelaria in 53.
Likewise, he highlighted the reduction of the waiting list of more than six months of the three hospitals that achieved the best results: the Negrin with a reduction of 74%, going from having 2,515 patients on the waiting list of more than six months in December 2016 to the current 651; the Candelaria Hospital in Tenerife with a 68% decrease in its list of more than six months, the Insular Maternal and Child Hospital University Complex with a decrease of 54% and the University Hospital of the Canary Islands with a decrease of 33%.
In addition, although starting from lower numbers on the waiting list, the Molina Orosa hospitals in Lanzarote and La Palma also achieved significant reductions of 40% and 90%, respectively, leaving in both cases only 6 and 11 patients on the waiting list. more than six months.
Conrado Domínguez said that "although these figures indicate that the programs put in place – CMA24, Plan Delay, Planes Funciona and Plan Verano – have been giving good results, it is necessary to continue working, evaluating and correcting those who have not had the expected behavior to solve the patients' health problems. In addition, it will continue acting and influencing the specialties that more waiting list and delay time accumulate. "
On the other hand, the public hospitals of the SCS have carried out 2018 3,195,411 queries with a daily average of 12,290 queries, which has kept the number of patients on standby with barely an increase of 400 more patients and with a reduction of 16 percent of the waiting list in the two years, with a total of 132,667 patients, compared to 157,796 registered at the end of 2016; that is, 25,129 patients less.
As for the diagnostic tests, the most notable is the reduction of the delay by 14 percent and 21 days on average. And in the case of consultations 6 days less waiting.
The Minister of Health and the director of the SCS thanked the collaboration, effort and professionalism of all the health and non-health personnel of the Canary Islands Health Service, whose work has been decisive in this new descent of the waiting lists.