Only those operations cancelled due to capacity constraints such as the unavailability of operating theatres or surgeons can be of concern or of interest to critics. In June 2019, 91.3% of operations were carried out as planned and only 2% were cancelled due to lack of capacity. This is a remarkable figure for any organisation never mind a huge complex system such as NHS Scotland. To have no cancellations of this kind at all would require over-capacity at a level not justifiable.
NHS Scotland has been performing at this level with cancellations due to capacity running at 2% or less for the last 4 months.