PERFORMANCE: An independent assessment of data quality at Ipswich Hospital is to be carried out after concerns were raised about some patients not being recorded as on an 18 week pathway.

Although NHS Suffolk has now been satisfied that the data - affecting ‘a significant number of patients’ - was correct, the planned assessment would provide assurance to both organisations that there were no further issues relating to 18 week waiters.

Ipswich Hospital’s performance on general surgery waiting times has been a concern but a recovery plan has been developed which should clear the backlog by the end of July.