PERFORMANCE: Maternity activity at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital is below target.

Board papers for July reveal that for the first three months of 2012-13, deliveries were around 43 behind the year to date target. “Obstetric spells” were also below planned levels.

The papers say the trust’s maternity directorate had “additional booking in place to make up the shortfall”, and were also “reviewing whether there has been a significant change in traditional drop out rates”.

However gynaecology referrals were 13 per cent above target, and in June five per cent up on the same period last year.

Non attendance rates were described as improved across the trust, except for the maternity department, whose rate was 8.8 per cent.