PERFORMANCE: Staffing issues were largely responsible for cancelled cardiac operations at Papworth Hospital FT, according to board papers.

Papers obtained under the freedom of information act revealed 49 operations were cancelled in February at the trust, more than any other month of the year for which information is available.

The trust’s performance scorecard said: “27 cardiac surgery cancellations in February due to lack of critical care and ward beds. 21 cardiology cancellations were due to a lack of ward beds due to staffing issues.”

The document said: “Continued pressure on ward beds is cited as the main contributory factor due to staffing issues. Critical care have increased bed numbers but have experienced an increase in high patient dependency. Increased number of primary percutaneous coronary intervention patients in late January affected beds available in early February.