PERFORMANCE: The acute and community services provider saw a fall of nearly 10 per cent on its performance against the target for two-week maximum wait for urgent suspected cancer referrals from GP to first outpatient appointment.

In December 2009 the south London trust achieved 96.5 per cent against the target of 93 per cent but last December this had fallen to 87.8 per cent.

The figures were reported in the papers of the South West London cluster of primary care trusts, which consists of Sutton and Merton, Kingston, Croydon, Richmond and Wandsworth PCTs.

The trust was the only one of the cluster’s major providers - which also include Epsom and St Helier, St George’s Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital and Kingston Hospital - to miss the 93 per cent target at the most recent count.