PERFORMANCE: Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has restricted the practice of a consultant cardiologist after identifying concerns during “routine scrutiny”.

Divisional director for medicine Andy Virr said the trust would write to patients and their GPs if any specific concerns were identified in relation to their treatment by the unnamed doctor.

He said that in line with “the principles of transparency and openness” set out in the Francis report, “we will always act to put patients first and be honest when we do not meet the high standards we expect of ourselves”.

In a separate statement Mr Virr said Royal Cornwall was taking action to deal with a backlog of 275 cardiology patients waiting for outpatient follow-up appointments and 82 waiting for a planned cardiac investigation.

He said: “The backlog of patients is due to high demand and limited capacity at the trust. We have already put on additional clinics, recruited locum doctors and will shortly go to advert for two permanent consultant cardiologists.

“We have also undertaken a review to assess any risk to patients waiting longer than we would like and patients are being seen based on both their need and length of wait.”