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Surgery: Cancellations

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Hull and East Yorkshire NHS trust patients had their operation cancelled up to 14 days before the operation in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many such operations were for (a) knee surgery, (b) hip replacements, (c) ophthalmology surgery and (d) urology surgery. (133930)

Data collected centrally cover cancellations for non-clinical reasons on the day the patient is due to arrive or after arrival in hospital, and for non-clinical reasons on the day of surgery. The data are available by provider but not by speciality. There were 744 such cancellations in the period January to December 2006 at Hull and East Yorkshire national health service trust. This equates to 1.1 per cent. of elective admissions.