surgeryHOSPITAL patients are having to wait longer to go under the knife.

The waiting time for an operation in Spain has gone up to 89 days – a two day year-on-year increase.

More worryingly still, is that fact that waiting times have increased by 13 days since 2012, despite there being half-a-million less residents using the health care system.  

In total, there are nearly 550,000 patients currently waiting for a non-urgent procedure.

Patients waiting for a neurosurgical operation will have to wait the longest, at 160 days. This is followed by 135 days for plastic surgery and 112 for traumatology.