Average of four operations a day are being cancelled.
HOSPITALS in Leicestershire are cancelling an average of four operations a day.
Exclusive figures show University Hospitals of Leicester cancelled 1,634 operations at the last minute in 2017/18 - the equivalent of 4.5 a day.
The number of cancellations at the trust has risen by six per cent in a year from 1,535 in 2016/17, according to figures revealed following a freedom of information request.
Last minute cancellations are those that take place on the day the operation is scheduled, including after the patient has arrived at hospital.
The most common reason for operations to be cancelled was due to a lack of beds, with 348 613 cancellations for this reason in 2017/18. However, this was a 6% decrease from the 655 cancellations recorded in 2016/17.
There were 374 cancellations due to theatre lists over-running or a lack of time to operate on all listed patients in a session, down three per cent from 2016/17, while a total of 237 operations were cancelled due to emergencies taking precedence, a 34 per cent increase in a year.
Hospitals are only required to count last-minute cancellations. While some record all cancellations, not all do, since cancellations far in advance of the operation date are usually rescheduled with less impact on patients.
Across Britain, hospitals cancelled 238,000 operations in 2017/18, including all types of cancellations - the equivalent of a cancellation every two minutes on average.