PERFORMANCE: In June NHS Sefton was one of five North West primary care trusts to miss the national target of less than 1 per cent of patients waiting more than six weeks for diagnostic tests, latest Department of Health data shows.

The primary care trust had 3,722 patients on waiting lists for diagnostic tests at the end of June, of which 67 had been waiting for more than six weeks, latest Department of Health data shows.

That meant 1.8 per cent of the waiting list had been waiting for longer than the six-week threshold.

The PCT had the fourth-highest proportion of over-six-week waiters in the North West, after NHS Central and Eastern Cheshire, and NHS Western Cheshire and NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan.