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Cancelled Planned Operations

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Cancelled Planned Operations

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Published: 03 October 2017
Cancelled Planned Operations
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A commitment was made by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to routinely make available the number of patients in NHSScotland who had their scheduled elective operations cancelled and the reason for the cancellation. ISD were tasked with progressing the collection and release of this information in collaboration with NHS Boards. The information was released for the first time on the 30th June 2015.

The total number of scheduled planned operations which took place, the total number of cancellations and a breakdown of the reasons for the cancellations are available in the publications summary.

Cancellation figures are published on the first Tuesday of every month. ISD receives cancellations data via aggregate returns from each NHS Board and so patient-level information is not systematically validated by ISD. However, ISD does carry out quality assurance checks on the data submitted and will query the data with NHS Boards. The derivation of the figures and data accuracy is carried out by individual NHS Boards in collaboration with ISD. Subject to local and national system development in the future, cancellation figures will be available directly from the ISD Waiting Times data mart which holds securely patient level data.

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