PERFORMANCE: South Devon Healthcare Trust is ahead of its plan to reduce its waiting list backlog.

At 21 June there were 788 patients waiting longer than 18 weeks against a plan of 870. In Orthopaedics, the speciality which has seen one of the biggest backlogs, there were 199 patients waiting longer than 18 weeks against a plan of 233.

A report to July’s board said the backlog reduction plan had been signed off by commissioners.

It said: “The plan shows a trajectory of backlog reduction over the year to levels where the [referral to treatment] standard can be sustainably achieved across all specialties.

“The agreed repatriation of contract penalties to support actions to increase capacity is dependent on this trajectory being achieved.”