However, assured Castillo, the majority of patients on the Islands are seen to in public hospitals before three months is up. The minister asserted that except in very specific circumstances, no National Health patient in the region has waited more than six months to be operated on in 2005. Son Dureta and Manacor hospitals, both public, put a five-month maximum waiting time as the limit. To see a consultant this year, the average waiting time for National Health patients has been 32 days.
Meanwhile, primary health care centres around the Islands will be back to normal within a week, after having dealt with the backlog of analytical work triggered by the health technicians' strike. The stoppage came to an end yesterday after more than a month. Primary healthcare nursing staff are asking patients to attend the centres in stages to undergo any necessary analysis, so as to avoid log-jamming the system all at once today. Nursing director, Pablo Hermoso, said that today's appointments would attempt to cover the work which built up during the time of the strike but from Monday, all would be functioning normally.
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