PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust has told the Royal Bolton Hospital Foundation Trust that it will face contractual penalties for failing to achieve waiting time targets in August.

NHS Bolton failed to achieve its target of 95 per cent of admitted patients treated within 23 weeks in all but one of the first five months of 2011-12. In June the average waiting time was just within target, at 22.9 weeks, but it rose above the threshold again for the two subsequent months, its latest performance report shows.

“Commissioners liaise with providers at regular contract meeting to ensure issues are understood and that providers produce action plans to address areas of poor performance,” the report states.

“RBH’s poor performance has been discussed at length and an action plan submitted to the SHA/Cluster. This action plan is monitored at the fortnightly operational meeting held with the Trust.

“The Trust has been informed that contractual penalties will be invoked for failure to achieve [referral-to-treatment] performance in August 2011.”