UK Government

Department of Health (National): NHS cancelled operations, quarter ending 30 September 2010

Press Release   •   Nov 12, 2010 10:47 GMT

NHS cancelled operations, quarter ending 30 September 2010

The key points from the latest release are:

* During the quarter ending 30 September 2010, 13,015 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. In the same period in 2009, there were 13,547 cancelled operations.

* Cancelled operations during the quarter represented 0.7% of all elective activity compared to 0.8% in the corresponding period in 2009/10.

* Of these cancellations, 356 (2.7%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation. In the same period in 2009, 343 (2.5%) of patients were not treated within 28 days.

Full tables are available here

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Statistics/Performancedataandstatistics/Cancelledoperations/index.htm