Operations cancelled far less commonly in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts of UK

7 Sep

Talking-up Scotland

‘UK’ research misleads on operation cancellations in Scotland

 

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2018-09-04/2018-09-04-Cancellations-Summary.pdf?74837893248

In the Independent today, the headline:

‘One in seven major operations in UK cancelled on day of surgery, data shows’

suggested the usual Anglo-centric journalism conflating figures for England with the UK. One in seven is 14.3%. However, the article was reporting on an apparently UK-wide snapshot of cancellations in one-week in the Spring 2018 period:

‘Their study is published in the wake of a record winter crisis where in the first three months of 2018, 25,475 operations were cancelled on the day they were scheduled to take place in England alone (!) – the highest since records began. This is despite hospitals being told [in England] to pre-emptively cancel thousands of non-urgent operations to minimise same-day cancellations and focus resources on urgent cases.  For their research the RCA and UCL compiled data from an unparalleled 93 per cent…

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