PERFORMANCE: NHS North of England’s latest provider development report rates the trust’s foundation trust bid as amber-red.

The report notes that St Helens and Knowsley has experienced “performance issues” over referral-to-treatment waiting times, but that these are “now resolved”.

But it adds that while the trust anticipates extra funding from the Department of Health to help manage the cost of its private finance initiative contract, that funding has not yet been clarified, which has a “material impact on achievement of the [tripartite formal agreement] date”. It adds: “External review commissioned by DH.”