PERFORMANCE: The trust’s performance against the national target of 95 per cent of accident and emergency patients seen within four hours remains “volatile and fragile”, commissioners have reported.

NHS Greater Manchester’s latest board report states: “In July, all GM CCGs and providers achieved the monthly target.

“However, Stockport performance is both volatile and fragile. Stockport has failed two consecutive weeks in August and this will put strain on achieving the Q2 target.

“Stockport CCG holds weekly meetings with Stockport FT to maintain a line of sight and the key emerging issue is the need for significantly more high level clinical decision making capability in the evenings and weekends to enable rapid assessment of patients at the front end and for effective and timely discharge of patient from beds. This additional senior decision making capacity is integral to the success of all aspects of the urgent care reform platform at the FT.”