PERFORMANCE: A failure to hit a referral times target for oral surgery in Berkshire has been blamed in part on the organisational reforms to the NHS implemented this spring.

Berkshire West finished 2012-13 failing against the 18 week referral target across a range of specialisms.

A South Reading clinical commissioning group board report for June said that during March its predecessor primary care trust had breaches in: “ophthalmology, oral surgery for admitted pathways, oral surgery for non-admitted and oral surgery and neurosurgery for incomplete pathways.”

The paper said: “Agreed action plans are in place with Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust and recovery trajectories are included within these plans.”

However, oral surgery performance did not recover as expected in March, “due to the transition from year to year and from PCT to CCG”. As a result, no action was taken.

“Contractual action will be taken against RBFT as appropriate once April performance is apparent.”

Ophthalmology was due to recover in April.

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