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Cancellation figures

Published: 1 Dec 2015 12:12
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Statistics

Statistics for October published.

During the month of October, 28441 operations took place across Scotland, an increase of 324 on September.

The cancellation data, published by ISD Scotland today, shows that in October, 9.7 per cent of those operations were cancelled either by the hospital or patients.

Of all the operations planned, 1,066 were cancelled for clinical reasons, for example where the patient has not properly fasted.

In total 549 – 1.7 per cent – were cancelled for non-clinical reasons.

Health Secretary Ms Robison said:

"I welcome today's figures which show that only a small amount of the total number of operations planned were cancelled for non-clinical reasons.

"However, the decision for a board to postpone an elective procedure is never taken lightly. Health boards work to ensure disruption to patients is always kept to an absolute minimum, and any postponed procedures will be rescheduled at the earliest opportunity.

"Of course we are working with health boards to makes sure we manage capacity and planning in order to keep cancellations to a minimum.

"I have also been clear with health boards that procedures for patients with the highest clinical need should not be cancelled.

"During October more than 1000 procedures were cancelled for clinical reasons, for example where the patient has not properly fasted. In these cases it would be completely inappropriate to go ahead with operations contrary to clinical advice."

Notes to editors

The full publication is available on the ISD Scotland website: http://www.isdscotland.org/

The figures are also available on the NHS Performs website: http://nhsperforms.scot/