PERFORMANCE: “Unvalidated figures” show that Pennine Acute achieved all national standards for referral-to-treatment waiting times in July, commissioner board papers state.

NHS Greater Manchester’s latest performance report confirms that the trust missed the admitted and incomplete RTT targets in June, as expected and “in line” with it’s recovery plan.

But it added: “Pennine Acute has been in recovery and it is pleasing to report that unvalidated figures confirm that Pennine Acute has achieved at aggregate level for July 2012.

“Pressures remain particularly in general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, gastroenterology and ear, nose & throat (ENT) to achieve RTT by speciality. Agreement has been reached that specialty delivery will be in place for 1 October 2012. There are robust monitoring systems in place around each speciality. Early indications suggest RTT by speciality may be achieved ahead of this date; however sustainability continues to be an issue and RTT will continue to be closely monitored by North East sector [Clinical Commissioning Groups].”