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Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) England have had operations cancelled within a week of the scheduled date in the last 12 months. (254750)

The Department do not collect the number of operations cancelled within a week of the scheduled date of the operation.

The Department do collect data on the number of operations cancelled at the last minute1 for non-clinical reasons. Data on last minute cancellations for non clinical reasons for Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and England are shown in the following table.

1 A last minute cancellation is one that occurs on the day the patient was due to arrive, after they have arrived in hospital or on the day of their operation.

Operations cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons, Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and England

Quarter

Mid Essex

England

2007-08

Q3

76

15,650

2007-08

Q4

136

16,771

2008-09

Q1

139

14,608

2008-09

Q2

117

13,127

Source:

Department of Health QMCO

If a patient’s operation is cancelled by the hospital on or after the day of admission (including the day of surgery) for non clinical reasons, the hospital will have to offer another binding date within a maximum of the next 28 days or fund the patient’s treatment at the time and hospital of the patient’s choice.