PERFORMANCE: Haringey primary care trust is not expecting to hit its target for cancer deaths, as data for 2009-10 showed that the mortality rate from the disease was increasing year-on-year.

NHS Haringey board papers for March 23 showed that cancer mortality went up 1.3 per cent between 2008-09 and 2009-10.

“Problems with access to cancer screening initiatives in the borough limits improvement in early diagnosis,” the PCT’s performance report says.

The PCT reports that the draft outturn for 2007-09 of 122 deaths per 100,000 is much higher than the target of 109 per 100,000, “so we are unlikely to achieve target in 2010-11 once the final data is released”.

The borough is implementing a “detailed long-term action plan”, led by a public health consultant, to increase awareness among the local population.