PERFORMANCE: The foundation trust is agreeing a revised trajectory for the six week diagnostic test with its primary care trust, NHS Devon.

In December, 34 patients waited more than six weeks for an essential diagnostic test. Although this was a slight fall on the previous month, when there were 35 breaches, it was not in line with the trajectory agreed earlier in the year.

A report to NHS Devon’s board states: “The main reason for breaches was an increase in cancellations due to patient choice and staff capacity (both related to the extreme weather conditions experienced in the latter half of December).”

It adds that a “revised trajectory is being agreed” which will “aim to reduce breaches to zero by March”.

Across the NHS Devon area there were 93 breaches of the traget against an NHS South West ambition of zero.