NHS cancelled elective operations, quarter ending 31 December 2014

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The latest quarterly national statistics on NHS cancelled elective operations produced by NHS England were released on 13th February 2015 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

NHS cancelled elective operations figures for the quarter ending 31 December 2014 include data for England, Area Teams and NHS Trusts.

The figures shown are the number of last-minute cancelled elective operations for non-clinical reasons and, of those, the number subsequently re-admitted within 28 days.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During the quarter ending 31 December 2014, 19,471 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons by NHS providers. In the same period in 2013/14, there were 15,852 cancelled operations.
  • Cancelled operations during the quarter represented 1.0% of all elective activity, compared to 0.9% in the same period in 2013/14.
  • Of these cancellations 1,230 (6.3%) of patients were not treated within 28 days of a cancellation. In the same period in 2013/14, 679 (4.3%) of patients were not treated within 28 days.

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The Government Statistical Service (GSS) statistician responsible for producing these data is:

Clare Hiblin
NHS Operations
NHS England
Room 5E15, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UE