Operations may be cancelled by the surgeon or by the patient themselves, for good reasons. There will always be some of these and they tell us nothing about the performance of the NHS.
Cancellations due to staff or facility shortages do tell us something and when they are less than 25 and falling it means something good, very good. For this figure to ever be zero, you’d need more operating theatres and surgeons than could be afforded and accept long periods of emptiness and idleness.
In November 2021, 624 (3.0%) were cancelled by the hospital based on clinical reasons, 397 (1.9%) were cancelled by the hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons, 523 (2.5%) were cancelled by the patient and 61 (0.3%) were cancelled due to other reasons.
This is excellent.