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In October 2019, only 1.7% of operations were cancelled due to a lack of capacity in terms of operating theatres or staff, down from 2% in September. For any system like NHS Scotland to have 0 cancellations due to capacity, would require facilities and staffing beyond that which could be reasonably justified and, often, theatres lying empty and staff idle.

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2019-12-03/2019-12-03-Cancellations-Summary.pdf