PERFORMANCE: NHS Devon has agreed not to penalise Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust for exceeding its C difficile trajectory by nine cases.

The trust is reporting 27 cases in the first quarter against a target of 18. Of these cases 17 were detected as a consequence of using a more sensitive test.

A report to the board states: “The Department of Health target makes no allowance for the introduction of the new test and if the additional cases identified were excluded the Trust’s performance would be below the target level.

“It has been agreed with NHS Devon that for contract monitoring purposes cases identified using the new test will be excluded and therefore no financial penalties applied.”

The report points out that for the month of July the target of six was achieved in spite of the enhanced testing.