NHS cancelled elective operations statistics: quarter ending December 2011

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The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS cancelled elective operations produced by the Department of Health were released on 10th February 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

NHS cancelled elective operations figures for the quarter ending 31st December 2011 include data for England, Strategic Health Authorities, and NHS Trusts.

The figures shown are the number of last minute cancelled elective operations for non clinical reasons and, of those, the number subsequently re-admitted within 28 days.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During the quarter ending 31 December 2011, 14,683 elective operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. In the same period in 2010, there were 16,784 cancelled elective operations.
  • Cancelled elective operations during the quarter represented 0.8% of all elective activity compared to 1.0% in the corresponding period in 2010.
  • Of these cancellations, 555 (3.8%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation. In the same period in 2010, 522 (3.1%) of patients were not treated within 28 days.

Additional tables are available here: Cancelled Elective Operations


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