NHS Scotland: Fewer cancelled operations again despite increased demand

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Despite nearly 1 300 more planned operations in February 2019 than in February 2018, a 5.1% increase in one year, the number cancelled has continued to fall for the fourth quarter in a row. 8.9% overall were cancelled in February 2019 compared to 10.3% in February 2018.

Most important, only a tiny number, 132 (0.5%) were cancelled because of lack of capacity in the system.

But for the spike in November 2018, caused by the unplanned, temporary closure of the Cowlairs decontamination Unit, cancellations due to lack of capacity would have been at a consistently very low level since March 2018, despite ongoing increases in demand.

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2019-04-02/2019-04-02-Cancellations-Summary.pdf

 

 

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