Press release

NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 31 December 2012

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Statistics on NHS cancelled elective operations for the quarter ending 31 December 2012 were released today.

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

NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 31 December 2012

 The key points from the latest release are:

  • during the quarter ending 31 December 2012, 16,211 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. In the same period in 2011, there were 14,696 cancelled operations
  • cancelled operations during the quarter represented 0.9% of all elective activity compared to 0.8% in the corresponding period in 2011
    • of these cancellations 651 (4.0%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation.  In the same period in 2011, 553 (3.8%) of patients were not treated within 28 days

Full tables are available here

Additional Information

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

Clare Hiblin

Knowledge and Intelligence

Department of Health

Room 8E10, Quarry House, Quarry Hill,LeedsLS2 7UE

Email: unify2@dh.gsi.gov.uk