PERFORMANCE: The backlog of untreated NHS Trafford patients at Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust rose 30 per cent over the course of 2010-11, the primary care trust reported.

“The backlog has risen from 2,265 in April 2010 to 2,965 in March 2011,” the PCT’s May performance report stated. “CMFT have reported that children’s services are the biggest contributors to the backlog.

“There have been shortages in trained theatre staff (primarily scrub nurse) and anaesthetist vacancies/sickness.

“An action plan has been received by the PCT and schemes to clinically review patients in the backlog and procure additional capacity are underway within the financial envelope available. The PCT is awaiting on a detailed action plan from the lead commissioner.”