PERFORMANCE: Performance against some important standards slumped at the James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust in the last quarter of the financial year.

The trust - which has seen both its chair and chief executive leave - was only dealing with 90 per cent of A&E patients within four hours in March and one in 20 was waiting for nearly nine hours or more.

In March performance against the 18 week standard for admitted patients was 85 per cent.

Performance on stroke care was also patchy with only 41 per cent of patients being admitted to a stroke unit within four hours and 71 per cent spending 90 per cent of their time on a dedicated stroke unit, the governors’ council heard.