Press release

NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 30 September 2012

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

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

NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending **30 September 2012**

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During the quarter ending30 September 2012, 13,122 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. In the same period in 2011, there were 12,892 cancelled operations.
  • Cancelled operations during the quarter represented 0.7% of all elective activity compared to 0.7% in the corresponding period in 2011.
  • Of these cancellations 577 (4.4%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation.  In the same period in 2011, 415 (3.2%) of patients were not treated within 28 days.

Full tables are available here.

Additional Information

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

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,LeedsLS2 7UE Email: unify2@dh.gsi.gov.uk