PERFORMANCE: Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been “red” rated by its main commissioner, having failed to meet referral to treatement waiting times in some specialities.

A Hull PCT board paper says that, during the final three months of 2010-11, for admitted patients the trust “provided assurance of aggregate delivery at trust level but were not confident of aggregate commissioner level”.

It says: “As expected, there were two specialty level breaches for cardiothoracic surgery and pain management, both of which had been the subject of significant discussion and analysis as part of the contract governance processes.”

For non-admitted care, the trust “delivered aggregate performance as a provider”. Four specialities breached the target including general surgery, neurosurgery and gastroenterology.

However, the PCT said it believed performance will improve due to management changes at the acute. The board report says: “Changes in the HEYHT corporate management team and their overall approach has led to a much greater confidence in the management actions that are being taken.”

The PCT will highlight the issue “with Monitor as part of the FT application process”, the paper says.

It adds: “There have been positive improvements in the median waits target during quarter four, which is a good indicator for 2011-12 quarter one performance.”