Cancelled operations for NHS Grampian rise again


North East MSP Mike Rumbles has raised concerns over the increasing amount of operations cancelled for capacity or non-clinical reasons by NHS Grampian.

The amount of operations delayed or cancelled due to capacity issues have risen sharply since April 2016, with figures for September swelling to over two cancellations per day.

 

Mr Rumbles said: “Planned operations can be cancelled for a number of reason, but withdrawing vital procedures because of capacity and a shortage of staff or beds is simply not good enough.

 

“It’s clear that something has gone wrong. Regular shortfalls in the amount of beds, staff and resources to care for patients in NHS Grampian is symptomatic of the challenges to our health service in Scotland after a decade of having the SNP in charge. They have a duty to ensure that everyone has access to the treatment they need, but the Scottish Government have taken their eye off the ball.

 

“If patients in Grampian are being continually let down the Scottish Government must provide the resources needed to sustain our local health services. Since April the number of cancelled operations has doubled, we must get a grip of this now.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

NHS Grampian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Number of scheduled elective operations in theatre system

3310

3405

3121

3138

3319

3229

3345

3018

3060

3312

3566

3203

3367

3349

2709

3260

3204

Total no of scheduled elective cancellations in  theatre systems

264

310

315

269

268

242

269

236

340

335

330

267

281

275

240

271

265

Cancellation based on clinical reason by hospital

71

96

84

76

90

80

81

68

76

91

86

90

90

85

63

80

74

Cancellation based on capacity or non-clinical reason by hospital

76

62

48

60

50

48

64

56

139

102

86

36

37

54

60

59

79

Cancelled by Patient

110

135

149

125

105

99

111

104

118

134

148

119

142

124

107

125

99

Other reason

7

17

34

8

23

15

13

8

7

8

10

22

12

12

10

7

13

Hospital Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancellation based on capacity or non-clinical reason by hospital includes:

No beds available, general ward, ICU, HDU

         

Staff not available, staff are ill, not available due to an emergency operation taking clinical priority

Equipment not available, equipment dirty

         

Theatre session overran therefore patient cancelled

       

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