PERFORMANCE: Efforts to improve waiting times in Greater Manchester are proving “more challenging” at the foundation than at the city’s other underperforming providers, commissioners have reported.

NHS Greater Manchester’s June performance report notes that CMUHFT missed 18 week referral to treatment targets for both admitted patients and incomplete pathways in May.

It adds: “Three providers (Pennine Acute Hospitals; Stockport FT and Central Manchester University Hospitals FT) continue to have patients waiting longer than the national standards. As reported last month, we are working with the relevant managing directors and their teams to ensure we maximise the offer of alternative choice for all relevant patients and we work on a sustainable improvement plan.

“All affected providers have a recovery plan in place and Stockport and Pennine Acute are on trajectory for a challenging September turnaround achievement. Weekly trajectories are received from each affected Provider to enable monitoring of the patient flow.

“Central Manchester University Hospitals continues to be more challenging although improvements measures including weekly progress meeting and measuring the number of referrals that have been diverted are now in place.”