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Surgeons work evenings to cut Spanish waiting lists

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1559
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    A comprehensive drive to cut waiting lists has been announced by the Spanish prime minister after a public outcry over the deaths of some patients while waiting for surgery.

    José Maria Aznar told the parliament that extra operating sessions would be provided at five health service hospitals, and evening surgery performed in a further eight hospitals from next week. As a last resort in the case of especially long waits, patients would receive their operationsin the private …

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