HOSPITAL waiting lists in Malaga have increased dramatically in the past year.
Sick residents face a 53-day wait for less serious operations, according to figures from the Department of Health.
The corresponding figure in 2014 was 46 days.
People waiting for operations on cataracts, gallbladders, bunions or to remove tonsils are among those worst affected.
Staff shortages and cuts by regional and central government are causing the delays.