PERFORMANCE: NHS Bolton had 34 cases of C difficile infection in the first four months of 2012-13, against a year-to-date plan of no more than 13, NHS Greater Manchester has reported.

The PCT cluster’s latest performance report adds: “It should be noted that NHS Greater Manchester, the commissioner, Greater Manchester Health Protection Unit, and NHS North of England continue to provide support to Bolton PCT and the acute trust to address the issues.

The actions agreed have been put in place and a monthly reduction in the numbers of cases has been seen.”