From NHS Scotland today:
Of all planned operations during April 2021, 518 (2.8%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons, 252 (1.4%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons, 319 (1.7%) were cancelled by the patient and 52 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
After inevitable increases, to cope with increasing covid hospitalisations during the first wave of infections in February March 2020 and in October to December 2020, the number of planned operations cancelled due to ‘no beds available’, ‘staff not available’, ‘equipment not available’ and ‘theatre session overran’ has fallen for the last three months to a level, comparable to that before the pandemic.
This figure of only 319 out of 18 630, is effectively the fewest feasible in an organisation with around 160 000 staff and dealing with, for example,1.65 million A&E patients in one year.
To achieve zero cancellations would require significant over-staffing and over-resourcing at a level that opposition parties would love to see and criticise.