PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust NHS Central and Eastern Cheshire had 5,191 patients on waiting lists for diagnostic tests at the end of June, of which 125 had been waiting for more than six weeks, latest Department of Health data shows.

That meant 2.4 per cent of the waiting list had been waiting for longer than the six-week threshold, against a national target of less than 1 per cent.

Central and Eastern Cheshire had the highest proportion of long waiters for diagnostic tests in the North West, and the 18th highest among all PCTs in the country.