Cancelled Elective Operations

The Cancelled Elective Operations collection was paused in April 2020 due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) and the need to release capacity across the NHS to support the response. The collection resumed for Quarter 3 2021/22 data (published in February 2022).  For further information on this and our other suspended collections, please visit this webpage.


Statistics and information on Cancelled Elective Operations. This section holds data on the number of cancelled elective operations and breaches of the standard. Data is also available on the total number of operating theatres and those which are dedicated day case theatres.

Cancelled Elective Operations
Supporting Facilities

Statistical Commentary
Statistical Commentary, Quarter 4, 2023-24 (PDF, 176KB)

Pre-release Access List
Cancelled Operations Pre-release Access List (PDF, 64KB)

Disclosure Review
Risk of Disclosure – Cancelled Elective Operations (DOC, 60KB)

Cancelled Operations Guidance (DOC, 27KB)
Cancelled Operations FAQ (DOC, 71KB)

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For further information about the published statistics, please contact us at:

Operational Insights
NHS England
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