PERFORMANCE: Northern Devon Healthcare Trust was the only trust in the NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay primary care trust cluster to meet the 18 week referral to treatment target for all specialties during October.

Plymouth Hospital Trust failed on admitted pathways for general surgery (83.8 per cent), neurosurgery (71.3 per cent) and ophthalmology (85.6 per cent). It failed on non-admitted pathways for neurosurgery (59 per cent), neurology (88.4per cent), rheumatology (89 per cent) and gastroenterology (88.6 per cent).

Royal Devon and Exeter failed on admitted pathways for trauma and orthopaedics (89 per cent) and general surgery (86.2 per cent).

South Devon Healthcare Trust failed on admitted pathways for general surgery (87.3 per cent), urology (72.8 per cent) and trauma & orthopaedics (88.2 per cent).

It failed on non-admitted pathways for general surgery (93.9 per cent), oral surgery (92.7 per cent), thoracic medicine (89.8 per cent) and plastic surgery (89.3 per cent)