PERFORMANCE: Barts Health Trust has 20 patients who have been waiting more than a year for treatment, a report reveals.

A report from chief executive Peter Morris to the board said although the trust had been hitting the 90 per cent of patients taking 18 weeks or less from referral-to-treatment target there were 20 year-plus waiters in orthopaedics and urology.

The news comes ahead of a planned Department of Health crackdown, which will see a “zero tolerance” approach to year-plus waiters.

In a report to the board, chief executive Peter Morris said: “We are committed to all specialties except orthopaedics being compliant by the end of Q3 and achieving compliance in orthopaedics by the end of Q4. To achieve this and address the issue of long waiters, we will be implementing a detailed action plan which reflects the recommendations from the recent input of the intensive support team.”