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Unbelievable! Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella Makes Patients Wait Over a Year for Surgery!

According to the Malaga Medical Union (SMM), the waiting lists at a hospital that was once regarded as a benchmark for the entire Andalusian public health system are now deemed scandalous.
January 11, 2024
Marbella's Costa del Sol hospital blasted for waiting lists of more than a year for operations

Malaga Medical Union Criticizes Costa del Sol Hospital’s Waiting List Crisis

The Malaga Medical Union (SMM) has expressed its outrage over the waiting list situation at the Costa del Sol Hospital. During a press briefing on Tuesday, the union highlighted the fact that patients are waiting for more than a year for an operation. The hospital, once a model for the entire Andalusian public system, is now in a deep crisis, as evidenced by the official data published on the hospital’s website, updated to 29 December 2023.

Over 5,000 Patients on Surgical Waiting List

According to the data, a staggering 5,577 patients are on the surgical waiting list, with 1,356 of them having waited for more than a year. The average waiting time is 134 days, but this increases to over six months for the ENT and dermatology departments.

Thousands Await First Medical Consultation

In addition, 36,873 patients are waiting for an appointment for a first medical consultation. Of these, 23,033 have been waiting for more than two months, with an average delay of 124 days, or more than four months.

Delays in Diagnostic Tests

Furthermore, 32,918 users are waiting for a diagnostic test, with an average delay of more than six months. A significant number of these patients, 16,888, are waiting for a simple ultrasound scan, with an average delay of 296 days, or almost ten months.

Healthcare Crisis Affects Local Population

Out of a local population of 450,000, approximately 25 per cent have private medical insurance, leaving 337,500 people dependent on the national health system. Of these, 75,368, or 22.3 per cent, are waiting for surgery, a test, or a consultation.

Emergency Department Overload and Underfunding

The waiting list crisis is compounded by a chronic overload in the emergency department. The union delegate, José Luis Prada, attributes these problems to underfunding and neglect by the state health service, as well as a chronic shortage of health professionals and a failure to accurately forecast needs.

Multiple Hospitals Under Same Management Unit

The Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella, the Hospital de Alta Resolución (HAR) in Benalmádena, the Hospital de Alta Resolución (HAR) in Estepona, and the Centro de Alta Resolución de Especialidades (CARE) in Mijas all belong to the same management unit.

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