PERFORMANCE: Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust has failed to meet its cancer waiting times target which should see at least 85 per cent of patients who are urgently referred by their GP receive their first definitive treatment within 62 days of referral.

Board papers reveal a current level of just over 78 per cent of patients being treated within 62 days, and says that the target has been a “real challenge for the trust to achieve”.

It adds that the main difficulty continues to be late referrals from other organisations adding that “nationally, this is a major issue for many tertiary centres”.