Day Surgery Experience in the United Kingdom

  • T. W. Ogg


Over the last decade long surgical waiting lists, shortage of staffing and lack of financial resources have all contributed to the reduction in elective surgery within the British National Health Service (NHS). Several influential reports have been published on day surgery, firstly the Audit Commission (1990) indicated that day surgery provided a quicker, more efficient service with decreased costs (1). Then followed the NHS Management Executive Report on day surgery (1991). Several British day units were studied and the report identified areas of good organisation and management (2). The advantages and disadvantages of day surgery are shown in Table 1.


National Health Service Surgery Unit Hospital Admission Rate Audit Commission British National Health 
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