Trusts cancel 10% of operating theatre sessions

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 18 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1174
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Thousands more operations could be carried out in the NHS each year if operating theatres were better managed, says a report published by the Audit Commission.

    Poor management information systems, failure to restructure historic patterns of allocating operating theatre time, and consultants taking annual leave at short notice have all undermined the efficient use of operating theatres, it says.

    One trust in north west England could have carried out a further 3000 operations a year—the equivalent of …

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