Day surgery facilities in England are underused

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 14 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:130
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    More efficient use of day surgery could reduce pressure on hospital beds and waiting lists in English hospitals, according to a review published this week that showed that nearly half of theatre time allocated for day surgery is not being used. The Healthcare Commission, a body that audits NHS services, assessed the way that day surgery was conducted in 313 NHS day surgery units in England.

    The commission found that 45% of the theatre time allocated for day surgery was not being used because of cancelled operations, late starts, and excessive delays …

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