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Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations have been cancelled in each of the last five years, broken down by trust.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested is not collected centrally. The Department collects information on the number of operations cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons. Data for 2002-03 to 2007-08 (quarter 1-quarter 3) are shown in the following table.

The Government's cancelled operations policy introduced in April 2002 provides an incentive for hospitals to avoid cancellations by giving patients the right to move to the hospital of their choice if they are not treated within 28 days. Since this came into force the number of patients cancelled at the last minute, has fallen from 1.5 per cent. to 1.0 per cent. of elective activity.

Cancelled operations for non clinical reasons, NHS organisations in England, 2002-03 to 2007-08
Number of last minute cancellations for non clinical reasons
OrgID Name 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Q1 to Q3
England 67,254 66,303 68,569 60,803 52,005 40,579
REM Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust 326 295 306 273 246 179
RCF Airedale NHS Trust 94 105 105 96 132 76
RTK Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust 137 301 419 432 426 377
RF4 Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust 2,168 2,147 2,426 1,566 906 424
RVL Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust 1,346 404 399 279 294 179
RFF Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 143 88 148 138 171 210
RNJ Barts and The London NHS Trust 928 593 502 506 531 298
RDD Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 212 266 286 278 169 200
RC1 Bedford Hospital NHS Trust 152 180 201 190 208 170
RQ3 Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust 202 229 330 309 234 164
RLU Birmingham Women's Health Care NHS Trust 21 34 24 43 48 43
RMB Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care NHS Trust 349 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
RXL Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust 671 763 576 428 279 285
RMC Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust 134 187 244 319 238 233
RAE Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 320 432 447 530 439 267
RXH Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 1,062 912 578 440 255 189
RG3 Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust 324 425 289 214 181 143
RXQ Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust n/a 382 375 442 325 238
REU Burnley Health Care NHS Trust 333 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
5DQ Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT 5 16 0 14 0 n/a
RJF Burton Hospitals NHS Trust 260 246 247 249 126 108
RWY Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust 153 295 386 362 374 153
RGT Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 645 769 1,090 507 460 339
RW3 Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust 547 748 968 1,062 1,149 800
5JC Charnwood and North West Leicestershire PCT 8 6 32 21 45 n/a
RQM Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust 185 151 180 115 103 76
RFS Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 188 191 233 213 152 141
RBV Christie Hospital NHS Trust 18 43 16 6 8 7
RLN City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust 348 252 208 227 328 249
RJR Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 308 216 206 247 228 215
RXP County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 0 483 474 488 423 324
RN7 Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust 201 100 92 102 99 79
RTG Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 259 411 348 281 199 83
5N6 Derbyshire County PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 1 10
RP5 Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 480 583 482 398 355 305
5QM Dorset PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 4 4
RNA Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust 204 241 226 321 329 301
RC3 Ealing Hospital NHS Trust 267 206 140 142 124 160
RWH East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust 266 557 505 856 682 579
RJN East Cheshire NHS Trust 166 133 115 97 90 97
RVV East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust 663 438 269 299 282 203
RXR East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 0 657 589 469 335 347
RA4 East Somerset NHS Trust 146 100 224 87 66 86
RXC East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust 302 375 632 491 141 130
RVR Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust 353 698 608 281 270 347
5ER Erewash PCT 4 11 7 9 3 n/a
RDE Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust 741 815 800 439 172 222
RDU Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 297 149 310 177 183 183
RR7 Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust 141 158 189 144 87 72
RLT George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust 146 160 196 184 178 162
RTE Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 555 440 468 434 361 343
RJH Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust 781 761 465 565 581 n/a
RP4 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust 290 143 119 146 115 87
RJ1 Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust 554 450 739 884 866 675
RQN Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust 504 390 688 625 614 n/a
5QC Hampshire PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 10 8
RCD Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust 36 23 55 107 46 57
RR1 Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust 290 417 197 249 160 409
RD7 Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust 374 548 520 509 416 338
RLQ Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust 401 168 388 255 247 187
RQQ Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust 179 180 168 138 133 109
5JA Hinckley and Bosworth PCT 21 21 10 48 4 0
RQX Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 52 68 24 45 50 75
RWA Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 877 867 1,045 825 788 729
RYJ Imperial College NHS Trust n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 589
RGQ Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust 417 488 533 384 355 238
5CW Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust 31 172 167 123 77 n/a
5QT Isle of Wight NHS PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 52 112
RGP James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust 176 258 267 226 140 135
RNQ Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust 478 494 454 327 177 137
RJZ King's College Hospital NHS Trust 318 180 227 209 153 113
RAX Kingston Hospital NHS Trust 140 223 168 182 116 139
RXN Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 389 440 406 460 504 356
RR8 Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 942 783 1,019 1,349 938 851
5PA Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 72 48
REP Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 89 51 46 57 35 23
RC9 Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust 208 171 169 173 186 94
RWF Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust 402 522 551 931 1,194 596
RJ6 Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust 549 678 226 129 50 21
RPA Medway NHS Trust 111 148 140 149 74 87
5EH Melton, Rutland and Harborough PCT 6 0 17 35 25 n/a
RQ8 Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust 419 470 447 370 257 359
RJD Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust 596 331 241 235 353 401
RXF Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 1,408 1,322 1,405 1,095 756 624
RD8 Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust 423 285 295 270 231 167
RP6 Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 74 74 62 292 151 233
RTX Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust 400 388 309 462 358 244
5A1 New Forest PCT 17 7 20 8 10 n/a
5DK Newbury and Community PCT 14 39 37 9 n/a n/a
RNH Newham University Hospital NHS Trust 226 156 118 79 146 108
RM1 Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust 662 569 492 327 332 241
RVJ North Bristol NHS Trust 462 1,413 1,748 1,406 705 542
RWW North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust 278 364 838 503 247 216
RNL North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 848 335 427 538 647 357
5CD North Dorset PCT 11 4 12 3 n/a n/a
RR9 North Durham Health Care NHS Trust 259 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
RN5 North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust 97 133 148 104 71 55
RAP North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust 152 111 106 66 68 57
RVW North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust 215 270 288 274 286 248
RV8 North West London Hospitals NHS Trust 617 433 542 480 457 255
RNS Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust 1,397 903 1,000 780 888 557
RBZ Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 95 97 168 163 119 61
RJL Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust 270 427 457 449 398 283
RTF Northumbria Health Care NHS Trust 132 123 133 211 133 128
RCS Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust 778 406 320 378 n/a n/a
RX1 Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust n/a n/a n/a n/a 1,181 868
RBF Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust 130 142 174 118 74 48
RTH Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust 1,411 847 992 1,131 896 476
RGM Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 185 166 159 154 167 137
RW6 Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 1,228 1,393 1,404 1,170 1,123 931
RGN Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust 253 187 270 298 262 236
RK9 Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust 1,001 1,061 1,143 969 745 931
RD3 Poole Hospital NHS Trust 726 419 255 146 146 97
RHU Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust 466 368 289 333 328 245
RG2 Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust 171 87 46 45 58 56
RGZ Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust 199 75 91 52 78 104
RPC Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 78 41 62 47 31 34
RX1 Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust 408 664 614 543 n/a n/a
RL1 Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust 35 49 67 62 91 93
RHW Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust 288 216 141 63 118 65
RDZ Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 241 299 243 205 121 86
RT3 Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust 244 190 183 233 177 203
REF Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust 501 387 303 311 274 210
RH8 Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust 735 445 372 491 499 378
RAL Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust 341 285 306 460 268 162
RQ6 Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust 487 462 356 405 399 278
RBS Royal Liverpool Childrens NHS Trust 91 66 102 111 83 75
RAN Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust 151 154 97 144 167 119
RRJ Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust 38 52 32 33 52 30
RLZ Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust 298 115 n/a n/a n/a n/a
RA2 Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust 225 209 230 208 216 134
RD1 Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust 419 482 613 592 397 242
RPR Royal West Sussex NHS Trust 176 232 176 209 170 81
RM3 Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust 429 730 660 371 163 126
RNZ Salisbury Health Care NHS Trust 519 294 340 470 525 255
RXK Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust 859 626 702 706 536 401
RCC Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Health Care NHS Trust 219 302 406 460 265 244
RCU Sheffield Children's NHS Trust 18 24 62 64 62 75
RHQ Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 594 628 658 753 625 814
RK5 Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust 328 269 252 268 242 154
RXW Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust 0 249 478 139 73 311
5M2 Shropshire County PCT 0 3 0 4 0 0
5D1 Solihull PCT 0 4 0 0 0 0
5QL Somerset PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 6 0
5FN South and East Dorset PCT 18 9 7 13 3 0
5M1 South Birmingham PCT 0 0 0 14 0 0
RH2 South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust 18 0 0 0 0 n/a
RA9 South Devon Health Care NHS Trust 431 488 352 265 258 204
RTA South Durham Health Care NHS Trust 160 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
RM2 South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust 971 743 725 609 501 326
5PK South Staffordshire PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 4
RTR South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust 682 837 480 412 529 341
RE9 South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust 85 34 29 18 22 47
RJC South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust 146 213 270 139 54 68
5FP South West Dorset PCT 15 12 9 0 0 n/a
5MT South Worcestershire PCT 3 23 0 9 17 n/a
RHM Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust 713 1,047 889 895 706 621
RAJ Southend Hospital NHS Trust 509 691 1,007 869 472 321
RVY Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust 62 61 73 89 137 70
RJ7 St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust 354 765 1,065 753 666 418
RBN St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust 171 126 192 159 193 218
RJ5 St. Mary's NHS Trust 97 365 367 303 192 n/a
RWJ Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 187 231 252 237 291 214
RNT Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust 583 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
RTP Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust 505 407 708 268 272 215
5LT Sussex Downs and Weald PCT 0 4 0 0 0 n/a
RN3 Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust 145 178 128 167 89 55
RMP Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust 498 103 87 61 38 43
RBA Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust 69 263 395 434 271 181
5AH Tendring PCT 8 0 0 0 0 n/a
RBQ The Cardiothoracic Centre—Liverpool NHS Trust 59 161 289 289 128 68
RAS The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust 360 247 137 150 103 75
RJ2 The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust 42 199 187 136 165 134
RBT The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust 428 287 361 284 297 202
RTD The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust 1,014 837 816 742 525 422
RQW The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust 323 262 213 311 293 232
RKF The Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust 55 29 n/a n/a n/a n/a
RCX The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust 284 308 295 236 191 135
RFR The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust 138 159 192 194 220 262
RPY The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 68 83 141 72 79 59
RL4 The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust 172 401 484 280 158 121
RKE The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust 134 87 102 122 111 115
RM4 Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust 271 242 297 342 255 100
RA7 United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust 1,244 697 567 535 513 611
RWD United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust 758 793 919 885 856 542
RRV University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 157 272 483 547 605 458
RRK University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 168 163 99 69 76 72
RJE University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust 1,038 886 1,379 849 592 446
RKB University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust 624 581 274 128 284 156
RWE University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust 1,053 1,042 895 534 401 442
RBK Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust 106 82 134 183 182 133
RET Walton Centre For Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust 97 161 213 115 125 91
RBD West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust 390 378 332 408 288 143
RWG West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust 244 815 666 621 929 790
RFW West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust 105 116 52 69 28 92
RGR West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust 194 425 585 275 225 170
RA3 Weston Area Health NHS Trust 219 178 127 113 93 46
RGC Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust 332 389 494 312 261 120
RN1 Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust 376 712 490 293 356 206
RBL Wirral Hospital NHS Trust 148 112 53 58 73 76
5PL Worcestershire PCT n/a n/a n/a n/a 0 9
RWP Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 856 1,073 943 656 389 293
RPL Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust 91 139 284 306 314 249
RRF Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust 391 308 250 249 245 234
RCB York Hospitals NHS Trust 150 162 187 121 86 81
Notes:

1. The table shows the organisations as they existed, at the time of each collection.

2. 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.

3. Some common non-clinical reasons for cancellations by the hospital include: ward beds unavailable; surgeon unavailable; emergency case needing theatre; theatre list over-ran; equipment failure; admin error; anaesthetist unavailable; theatre staff unavailable; and critical care bed unavailable.

4. An operation which is rescheduled to a time within 24 hours of the original scheduled operation should be recorded as a postponement and not as a cancellation. The QMCO collection does not record the number of postponements.

Source:

Department of Health dataset QMCO

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