National Health Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 8th March 2011.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

Question S3W-39503

To ask the Scottish Executive how many operations were cancelled by the NHS in 2009-10 and have been cancelled in 2010-11, broken down by NHS board.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

The specific information requested is not available centrally.

Information, although limited, is available on the number of hospital stays where operation or procedures were not carried out following admission to hospital. The latest yearly published information on the number of cancelled operations or procedures is for 2009-10 and this data is provided in the following table.

Operations may be cancelled due a number of reasons such as a particularly high level of emergency admissions, staff sickness, the patient being unfit for treatment on admission or the patient having failed to follow pre-admission advice such as fasting before admission.

NHSScotland: Number of Hospital Stays where a Cancelled Operation or Procedure Not Being Carried out has been Recorded1,2,3 in the Year Ending 31 March 2010

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NHS Board of TreatmentNumber
Ayrshire and Arran1,444
Dumfries and Galloway614
Forth Valley145
Greater Glasgow and Clyde5,244
Western Isles67


1. Source ISD Scotland – information derived from non-obstetric and non-psychiatric hospitals.

2. Up to six diagnoses (one principal and five secondary) are recorded on SMR01 returns. All six diagnoses positions have been used to identify cancelled operations. The following International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD -10) code has been used to identify cancelled operations/procedures – Z53; person encountering health services for specific procedure not carried out.

3. Cases were an operation or procedure was cancelled prior to the patient being admitted to hospital are excluded.

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