PERFORMANCE: A teaching hospital is to spend £12m clearing its backlog of elective patients who have waited more than a year.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust had 573 patients who were still waiting for treatment a year after referral, the organisation’s most recent board papers reveal.

HSJ revealed in March that the organisation had a backlog of more than 1,000 people.

In an announcment made this week the trust said the £12m would see the year-plus waiters backlog cleared by the end of September and it would start to hit the national referrral-to-treatment waiting time target by March 2017.

A spokeswoman for the trust said the £12m would pay for 19 additional consultants, and “up to” 30 additional nurses. “This infrastructure will then allow us to provider additional theatre sessions”, she said.

She added that some of the money would go on outsourcing work to private providers and reducing referrals into the organisation, but would not provide a breakdown of how much would be spent on each.

The trust was recently involved in a contract challenge involving a private provider and an elective treatment centre in the area.