The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS cancelled elective operations produced by the Department of Health were released on 9th November 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
NHS cancelled elective operations figures for the quarter ending 30th September 2012 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 30 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