Date lodged: 20 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many operations have been cancelled due to bed unavailability in each year since 1999.
Answered by: Shona Robison 17 January 2017
The specific information requested is not held centrally by ISD Scotland. Information is however published monthly on the number of operations cancelled each month. Latest published figures for November 2017 indicated that NHSScotland scheduled 31,730 operations in the month of November of which 665 were cancelled due to capacity or non-clinical reason this gave a rate of 2.1% same as October 2016 and slightly higher than the 1.8% in November 2015.
The Scottish Government continues to work to support health boards to manage their capacity planning to keep cancelled operations to a minimum. Decisions to cancel a patient's operation is never taken lightly, any postponed operations will be rescheduled at the earliest opportunity. The Scottish Government has also already announced a £200 million investment to create six new elective treatment centres which will carry out procedures like hip, knee and cataracts operations. These centres will allow people to be treated more quickly for planned surgery to help the NHS meet increasing demand from a growing elderly population and reduce the number of operations cancelled.