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Surgery: Out-patients

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of outpatient operations were cancelled in each NHS Trust area in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (126479)

Data are collected on the number of last minute cancellations, where a hospital cancels a patient for non-clinical reasons on the day the patient is due to be admitted or after arrival in hospital, or on the day of surgery.

Number of operations cancelled at the last minute and as percentage of elective activity

Quarter One

Quarter Two

Quarter Three

Quarter Four

Annual

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

1996-97

11,595

1

11,055

0.9

13,023

1.1

16,374

1.4

52,047

1.1

1997-98

12,019

1

11,550

1

12,476

1

14,460

1.2

55,505

1.1

1998-99

12,384

1

11,470

0.9

14,611

1.1

17,685

1.3

56,150

1.1

1999-2000

12,313

0.9

12,017

0.9

15,769

1.2

20,143

1.5

60,242

1.1

2000-01

17,033

1.3

16,965

1.2

18,844

1.4

24,976

1.8

77,818

1.4

2001-02

20,833

1.6

20,901

1.6

20,036

1.5

19,973

1.5

81,743

1.5

2002-03

14,808

1.1

14,826

1.1

17,706

1.3

19,914

1.4

67,257

1.2

2003-04

14,092

1.1

14,364

1

17,782

1.3

20,065

1.4

66,303

1.2

2004-05

14,672

1.1

14,929

1.1

17,402

1.3

21,566

1.6

68,569

1.2

2005-06

15,690

1.1

13,058

0.9

14,819

1

17,236

1.2

60,803

1

2006-07

12,562

0.9

12,275

0.8

12,622

0.9