Press release

NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 30 June 2011

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

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

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