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NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 30th September 2011

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The Department has published today latest information on NHS cancelled elective operations.  This includes data for England, Strategic Health…

The Department has published today latest information on NHS cancelled elective operations.  This includes data for England, Strategic Health Authorities and NHS Trusts,  for the quarter ending 30 September 2011, and relates to those operations cancelled for non clinical reasons and the number subsequently re-admitted within 28 days.

The key findings are:

  • during this quarter 12,952 elective operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. In the same period in 2010, the figure was12,991
  • cancelled elective operations during the quarter represented 0.7% of all elective activity which is the same level for the coressponding period in 2010
  • of these cancellations 415 (3.2%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation.  This compares with 351 (2.7%) during 2010