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A record high number of patients are not having their operations rescheduled on time after they were cancelled at the last minute.
One in 13 patients in England did not have their operations rescheduled within the mandatory 28-day period after their surgery was cancelled on the day.
Figure - October - November - December - Increase
This figure, covering October, November and December, is an increase on the same period in the previous year and is the worst for 14 years.
Pressures on the NHS and a lack of beds have had a knock-on effect in hospitals across the country, experts warn.
Data - Show - Cent - Operations - NHS
The data show eight per cent of operations were not rescheduled within the NHS's four-week time frame, compared with 7.3 per cent in the past two years, and just 3.8 per cent in 2011/12.
Operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons, such as bed or staff shortages, were included, but not operations called off by patients themselves.
Minute - Refers - Day - Patient - Patient
'Last minute' refers to on the day the patient was due to arrive, after the patient had arrived in hospital or on the day of the operation or surgery.
The worst performer was Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Cancellations - Month - Breach - Rate - Cent
There were 160 cancellations and 52 were not rescheduled within a month, giving a breach rate of 32.5 per cent.
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had 40 cancellations and 12 weren't rescheduled in time (30 per cent), while North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust had 37 cancellations and 11 not rescheduled (also 30 per cent).
Trusts - Year
In total, 73 trusts performed worse than they had in the previous year.
The highest number of cancellations overall was University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, with...
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