PERFORMANCE: Cornwall commissioners have launched a review into the area’s emergency care access after it was designated as “high risk”.

NHS England, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority made the designation because the local health economy struggled to meet the four hour access standard for accident and emergency in 2013-14.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, the county’s main acute provider, has been asked to draw up a plan with local health bodies to inform funding decisions going into the winter, according to its board papers last month.

The Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group said the action had been taken largely as a result of waiting time problems at Treliske Hospital’s A&E in Truro.

The CCG has successfully bid for £3.7m from NHS England to help the trust improve care and waiting times..