PERFORMANCE: The trust registered the third-lowest performance in the North West against a key waiting target for admitted patients in October, latest Department of Health data shows.

Just 85.2 per cent of admitted patients treated in that month were completed within 18 weeks against a national target of 90 per cent.

Nationally, only 20 providers recorded lower performance against the referral to treatment target in October. The providers with lower performance within the North West were Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust and Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust.