Palma.—The number of Spaniards waiting to undergo surgery has hit a historic high, amid massive budget cuts and layoffs imposed by the centre right government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
A report published yesterday  citing official figures from the Health Ministry, showed that the number of patients waiting for an operation nationwide rose from 395,000 to 571,000 between June to December 2012.

Six months wait
“Without medical professionals, and without means, the health system cannot keep up,” said Tomas Toranzo, vice secretary of the CESM medical union.

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