NHS cancels record number of operations in EnglandBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7235.599 (Published 04 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:599
- Linda Beecham
The number of cancelled elective operations rose to record levels last year in NHS hospitals in England. In 1998-9 more than 56000 NHS operations were cancelled on the day they were due to go ahead—an increase of 12% over the previous 12 months—according to a report from the independent National Audit Office (NAO).
The report shows that hospitals also failed to treat over 9000 patients within one month of their cancelled operation. This was 29% more than in the year before. Twenty per cent of patients waited longer for emergency treatment …