PERFORMANCE: Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust is lagging behind one of its waiting times targets, the trust’s latest board papers show.

The Liverpool trust cares for over 270,000 patients a year, making it one of Europe’s busiest children’s hospitals.

In February – the most recent month for which statistics are available – 73 per cent of patients had started admitted treatment within 18 weeks, against a target of 90 per cent.

The trust’s March board papers reveal that the longest waiter for elective admission had waited for 73 weeks and still did not have a date to come in at the time the papers were published.

However for patients on the waiting list who had not yet started treatment, the trust was hitting its target.