NHS England no figures since December 2019
Anecdotal evidence features regularly in our media suggesting a crisis, with operations being cancelled frequently, yet the data says otherwise. From Public Health Scotland, three days ago:
The total number of planned operations across NHS Scotland during August 2021 was 20,490. This represents an increase of 6.4% from 19,253 in July 2021 and is 48.1% higher than August 2020, when services were gradually resuming for non-urgent care.
Of all planned operations during August 2021, 629 (3.1%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons, 496 (2.4%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons, 498 (2.4%) were cancelled by the patient and 77 (0.4%) were cancelled due to other reasons.https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/publications/cancelled-planned-operations/cancelled-planned-operations-month-ending-31-august-2021
So, 3.1% were cancelled by medics in the interests of the patient, 2.4% were cancelled by the patient themselves and only 2.4% were cancelled because a theatre or a surgeon was not available. Only the latter can be considered a failure in the system.
Therefore 97.6% of all planned surgery went ahead as planned despite increased demand. Is there a 95% target? If so, it was bust.
And in England?
Leading surgeons, an arthritis charity and a patients’ watchdog have urged the NHS to tell the public how many operations are being cancelled as ministers admitted that “no recent estimate” was available.
NHS England paused the collection of hospital statistics on cancelled surgery at the beginning of the pandemic. The aim was to reduce the bureaucratic burden so that trusts could focus on reorganising services as the number of coronavirus patients rapidly increased.
No figures have been published since those for October to December 2019.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/reveal-how-many-operations-are-cancelled-surgeons-urge-nhs-xw6xssk5x