NHS hospital treatments have risen by 3%, according to health minister Baroness Jay.
Jay said that treatments had risen by 161,000 in the first six months of 1997. This was coupled with a slight increase in cancelled operations. But the 919 cancellations translates to a 4% rise on the same period in 1996.
She said: “Nobody enjoys telling patients their operation has been put off, and patients understandably feel let down and concerned.”
Further statistics showed that emergency care also rose during this period. The 5% increase had a knock on effect on the number of cancelled operations. Jay added:
“NHS staff, dedicated to the wellbeing of their patients, are working tirelessly to provide the very best of healthcare. Yet despite their hard work, more operations are being cancelled, in a large part because the number of emergencies is rising faster. This is not a satisfactory situation and we have set about turning it round.”