PERFORMANCE: Bosses at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust have warned that their ability to cut a backlog in long waiters could be “in jeopardy” as extra cash to deal with the issue runs out.

Board papers said the backlog figure increased to 378, from its lowest point of 315 six weeks earlier.

“This is a concern as the trajectory has indicated that the backlog should decrease”, the papers said.

The trust had succeeded in meeting its target of 90 per cent of patients being treated within 18 weeks of referral.

The reasons for the rising backlog were being investigated and it was expected to fall “in the short term”.

However, “the funding that the trust received from [commissioners] to decrease the backlog will be exhausted by the end of August and so sustainability of the 90 per cent standard may also be in jeopardy, along with the continued decrease in backlog.”

With the exception of orthopaedics, all specialities were expected to be within the 90 per cent target by August. Orthopaedics was on track to hit the target by quarter four.