PERFORMANCE: East Cheshire is back on track after failing to hit A&E waiting time targets in the last quarter of the financial year.

The trust, which drew up a six-month action plan, met its own targets in six out of the first eight weeks of the new financial year with more than 98 per cent of patients being seen within the four-hour timeframe in some weeks, shows the chief executive’s report to the June board meeting.

The trust’s overall results for the year were undermined by longer waiting times in February, says the report.

“Whilst the staff are to be congratulated at the recovery of the position, it is clear that it was the winter period that was the major challenge and work in needed to ensure that performance can be maintained during the 2013/14 winter period,” it concludes.