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Cancelled Operations

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many routine operations were cancelled by each hospital trust in the week of star rating assessments at the end of March. [116470]

[holding answer 3 June 2003]: Data are collected quarterly on the number of operations cancelled by the hospital for non-clinical reasons in two categories. There are operations cancelled at the last minute, that is on the day patients are due to arrive or after arrival in hospital or on the day of their operation, and (in 2002–03 only) operations cancelled on the day of surgery.Cancelled operations data at England level and by national health service trust and strategic health authority level are available in the Library and on the Department's website at: www.doh.gov.uk/ hospitalactivity/data_requests.htm. Data for the quarter corresponding to March 2003 are not yet available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS operations were cancelled in (a) March and (b) February 2003. [116876]

[holding answer 3 June 2003]: Data are collected quarterly on the number of operations cancelled by the hospital for non-clinical reasons in two categories. There are operations cancelled at the last minute, that is on the day patients are due to arrive or after arrival in hospital or on the day of their operation, and (in 2002–03 only) operations cancelled on the day of surgery.Cancelled operations data at England level and by national health service trust and strategic health authority level are available in the Library and on the Department's website at: www.doh.gov.uk/ hospitalactivity/data_requests.htmData for the quarter corresponding to February and March 2003 are not yet available.