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Cancelled Operations

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled in NHS hospitals in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [127495]

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled for non-clinical reasons in each of the last six years. [127321]

Quarterly data are collected on the number of operations cancelled by the hospital for non- clinical reasons (i) at the last minute (i.e. on the day patients are due to arrive, or after arrival in hospital, or on the day of their operation), and (ii) the number of patients not admitted within 28 days of a 'last minute' cancellation as part of the NHS Plan cancelled operations guarantee.Cancelled operations data at England level and at 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