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More than 100,000 UK operations cancelled in one year

The Daily Mail, August 22, 2008

More than 100,000 operations were cancelled at English hospitals in 2007, according to new figures. More than 7,000 patients had operations cancelled more than once for non-clinical reasons, according to the data. Health executives blamed patients' missing medical notes, bed shortages, staff absences, and equipment failures for the cancellations. Critics of the National Health Service said the cancellations were an example of the 'increasingly cavalier' standards of treatment for patients.