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Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of separating emergency surgery from elective surgery; and what the evidential basis is for this assessment. (192732)

It is generally recognised that there are benefits from separating emergency surgery from elective surgery which can include fewer cancellations, more efficient use of theatres and the ability to plan operations. In addition, since pressure in acute hospital beds and wards is relieved, they can also help to speed up treatment for patients admitted to emergency care.