Press release

NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 30 June 2012

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

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


The key points from the latest release are:

  • During the quarter ending 30 June 2012, 14,184 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. In the same period in 2011, there were 12,780 cancelled operations.
  • Cancelled operations during the quarter represented 0.8% of all elective activity compared to 0.7% in the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Of these cancellations, 748 (5.3%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation.  In the same period in 2011, 595 (4.6%) of patients were not treated within 28 days.

 __Full tables are available on the Department of Health website

 Additional Information

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


To contact the Media Centre, please refer to the Department of Health’s website for the relevant contact details.

Published 10 August 2012