The new regional minister for Health, Jesús Aguirre, said this week in Almeria that a new plan will come into force on 1 April to reduce waiting lists for surgery in the region's hospitals, with some operating theatres opening on Saturdays .
He said that initially the regional health service would prioritise those who "have been waiting for the telephone to ring for at least a year", and also the provinces of Almeria, Huelva and Granada "where there are the hospitals with the highest percentage of people waiting".
The new regional government has allocated 25.5 million euros to the plan and Aguirre said that the work would be carried out "a hundred per cent with our network and our people", however he added that if they couldn't reach their targets they would outsource, which is something the previous PSOE government had also done.
The specialist areas with most people waiting are traumatology, ophthalmic, general surgery and urology.
The outgoing Junta de Andalucía had said there were 71,868 people waiting to be operated on at the end of June last year, however the new PP-Cs government claims that there were 86,147 more people that should have been included on the lists in the Andalucía region.