PERFORMANCE: Newham University Hospital Trust’s board papers for September show a small improvement in July from the June position.

The performance for july was 87.8 per cent for admitted patient with the breaches coming in general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics and podiatry.

A performance report said this was “expected to continue below 90 per cent as the backlog of breaches is cleared”.

It added: “Long waiting patients being cleared as a priority in T&O, podiatry and general surgery. Expected to improve as the tail of the waiting list is dealt with over the next two months.”