PERFORMANCE: Winter pressures led to cancellation of elective surgery at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust – and this is expected to have a knock on effect on the 31 and 62 day cancer treatment targets in January.

A board paper revealed that this was expected to be ‘seriously affected’ and there could be impacts on the 18 week position as well – although this is expected to be on particular specialties, rather than the wider position. The level of surgical activity is being increased to help mitigate this and steps have been taken to improve the flow of urgent care patients.