PERFORMANCE Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust governors have expressed “concern” about the number of C.difficile cases so far this year, according to unconfirmed board minutes.

The governors expressed “concern” after it was noted 16 cases of C.diff had already been reported by the end of May - nearly half the ceiling the trust has set of 39 for the 2013-14 financial year.

It follows the trust breaching its target last financial year.

Unconfirmed board minutes for the trust’s July board meeting, published this month, said: “Governors welcomed the integrated quality report and the monitoring information on the quality account which was clear and concise. Governors were concerned to hear of the position on C.difficile.

“2012-13 had been the first year in which the trust had gone over the ceiling for C.difficile cases, with 73 cases against a planned ceiling of 41, which impacted on patients and had resulted in a financial penalty.

“The year-end ceiling for the current year was 39 cases and at the end of May there had been 16 cases.”