Cancer: Surgery

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th January 2017.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the number of cancelled operations for cancer patients in the winter of (a) 2016-17 and (b) each of the last five years.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

NHS England does not have any current plans to publish cancelled elective operations data by type of patient.

Currently NHS England collects the number of elective operations cancelled at the ‘last minute’ for non-clinical reasons on a quarterly basis. It does not collect the total number of cancelled operations, a breakdown of the type of operations that have been cancelled, or the specific reason for the cancellation.

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