PERFORMANCE: Commissioner figures show the specialist children’s hospital is breaching the waiting times targets for diagnostics.

The national target is for less than one per cent of patients to wait longer than six weeks for a diagnostic test but figures for May showed 35 GOSH patients did, 5.8 per cent of the total.

NHS North Central London’s most recent performance report said: “Great Ormond Street is of concern, as it is now presenting as a national outlier with 5.8% of all diagnostic waits taking longer than six weeks. This is due to capacity issues within the urology and gastroenterology specialties: many of these young patients require overnight stays before the diagnostic process.

“The trust has set recovery trajectories to meet the diagnostics waiting standard in urology by July, and gastroenterology by September.”