The Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, José Manuel Baltar, and the director of the Canary Islands Health Service, Conrado Domínguez, reported Wednesday that the Surgical waiting list experienced an interannual reduction of 14.1% or 4,049 patients, according to the data recorded as of December 31, 2018 with respect to the same date of the previous year.
Baltar said that the trend change that had been appreciating since the second half of 2017 has been consolidating so that it has also managed 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, they stood out by press release from the regional department.
The Minister of Health said that these results that place the surgical waiting list at 24,629 people is result of the effort of the workers of the SCS, which have achieved with the implementation of the different programs, decrease, in two years, the surgical waiting list by 28% from the 34,327 citizens pending then, according to the same sources.
In addition, "the current data, although they have to continue improving, were not recorded since 2011, the year in which the waiting list began to rise to its maximum in 2016"Baltar stressed before affirming that in the last exercise a greater effort has been made on patients who were waiting for more than a semester and that, 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 concentrate 70% of the waiting list: traumatology, ophthalmology, general and digestive surgery together with urology, just the areas that achieved the most reduction were the first three along with otolaryngology.
Balance since 2016
José Manuel Baltar and Conrado Domínguez also offered a balance of the management of the waiting list of the two years leading the department, "in which the operating rooms of public hospitals have been at maximum performance".
In this regard, Conrado Domínguez stressed 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 decreased by 55%, from 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 the average delay, which has been reduced by 21%, going from the average 181 days in December 2016 to the current 139, that is to say 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 pending a surgical intervention wait for that number of days or less, stands at 77 days, compared to December 131, 2016, which means that half of the patients take less than 77 days to have surgery.
The director of the SCS advanced that all hospitals have managed to reduce the surgical waiting list, although he highlighted the Hospital Doctor Negrín has managed to reduce its average waiting time by 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 better 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; La Candelaria Hospital in Tenerife with a 68% decrease in its list of more than six months, the Maternal and Child University University Hospital Complex with a decrease of 54% and the Canary University University Hospital with a 33% decrease.
In addition, although based on lower figures on the waiting list, the Molina Orosa hospitals in Lanzarote and La Palma also achieved significant reductions, 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 implemented -CMA24, Delay Plan, Work Plans and Summer Plan- 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 health problems of the patients. In addition, it will continue acting and influencing the specialties that accumulate more waiting list and delay time accumulate. "
On the other hand, the SCS public hospitals have performed during 2018 3,195,411 consultations with a daily average of 12,290 consultations, which has kept the number of patients on hold with just an increase of 400 more patients and with a 16 percent reduction 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 fewer patients.
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 health and non-health personnel of the Canary Health Service, whose work has been instrumental in this new decline in waiting lists.