THE health trust that runs Dewsbury District Hospital cancelled almost 1,000 operations last year for non-clinical reasons.
And about half of the cancellations were because of a shortage of beds.
Figures obtained by the Conservative Party show 984 operations were cancelled by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The freedom of information request revealed 470 patients fell victim to bed shortages.
Problems with operating theatre bookings accounted for 179 cancellations and 163 because of staffing problems.
Other reasons included more urgent cases, administrative problems, missing patient notes, a lack of hospital transport and problems with equipment.
Sixty-eight patients had their operations cancelled more than once. In at least one case a patient had the procedure put back four times.
Kevin Hollinrake, the Tories’ Parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury, blamed the Government.
He said: “The hospital staff are doing the best they can. But how can they plan patients’ care properly when they are continually hampered by the staggering £80m debt they have been faced with and by Labour’s top-down targets?
“There were nearly 1,000 cancelled appointments for non-clinical reasons last year and every cancelled operation must put patient healthcare at risk.
“It is high time we let health professionals run their own affairs free from the meddling of Whitehall or Westminster.”
Nationally, 77,302 operations were cancelled for non-clinical reasons nationwide.
The figures suggested that more than 7,000 patients had their NHS operation cancelled more than once in the last year in England.
But several NHS trusts hit back at the figures, saying they had supplied the wrong data to the Tories or accused the Conservatives of manipulating the figures.
A Department of Health spokesman said 11,585 operations were cancelled because of “patient- related problems”, including the patient cancelling the operation.
He added: “The number of cancelled operations needs to be set against the huge increase in the number of patients.
“Between 1997 and 2008, the number of elective admissions has increased by over 1.5m, while the number of operations cancelled at the last moment remained less then 1.5%.”