PERFORMANCE: The Devon, Plymouth and Torbay cluster met the six week target for diagnostic tests for the first time in 2011-12 during February.

There were 67 breaches of the six-week target in February in the month, a significant reduction on the 220 breaches seen in January. This represents a breach rate of 0.5 per cent against the new 1 per cent national target, the first time the cluster has delivered this target in 2011-12.

The number of breaches at the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust fell to 48 in February from 112 in January due to work to reduce the endoscopy backlog, however, at 1.4 per cent, it was still outside of the target.

South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust, North Devon Healthcare Trust and Plymouth Hospitals Trust all reported a breach rate of 0.2 per cent,