Press release

NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 30 June 2011

Elective operations statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During the quarter ending 30 June 2011, 12,899 elective operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. In the same period in 2010, there were 13,233 cancelled elective operations.
  • Cancelled elective operations during the quarter represented 0.7% of all elective activity compared to 0.8% in the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Of these cancellations, 597 (4.6%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation.  In the same period in 2010, 396 (3.0%) of patients were not treated within 28 days.

 A link to full tables for cancelled operations.

Press enquiries contact:

Press Office

Department of Health

Telephone: 020 7210 5221

The Government Statistical Service (GSS) statistician responsible for producing these data is:

Mark Svenson

Knowledge and Intelligence

Department of Health

Room 4E63, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UE

Email: unify2@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Published 12 August 2011