PERFORMANCE: The hospitals trust has failed to meet standards for the proportion of high risk transient ischaemic attack patients treated within 24 hours every month for the past year.

In December just 31.25 per cent of high risk TIA or ‘mini stroke’ patients were treated within the target time limit, against a national standard of 60 per cent or more.

The proportion of stroke patients spending 90 per cent of their time on a stroke ward also fell in December, from 83.3 per cent to 61.1 per cent. The trust’s latest performance report noted: “The Operating Framework 2011/12 threshold for this indicator has been set at 80%, against which the Trust would currently be underachieving year to date.”