PERFORMANCE: Commissioners have issued University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust with a contract query in relation to continued failure of waiting time standards for diagnostic tests.

A report to the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster’s November board meeting said that in the year to date 92.2 per cent of patients were being seen within six weeks for one of 15 key diagnostic tests, against a target of 99 per cent. However, the report said performance was improving.

The report said: “The Cluster has issued a contract query requesting a detailed action plan from the trust demonstrating the actions being taken to achieve their improvement trajectory of 95 per cent performance for all modalities by the end of December 2012 and 99 per cent performance for all modalities by the end of March 2013.”

The majority of patients waiting more than six weeks were in the speciality of gastroenterology. An additional consultant endoscopist has been appointed to provide additional capacity and commenced working at the trust in November 2012.