PERFORMANCE: A trust near the English/Welsh border is investigating why Welsh patients wait significantly longer than English one for treatment.

Patients from Wales attending the specialist Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust in Shropshire have much longer referral to treatment times than counterparts from England.

Board papers show that 90.27 per cent of patients from England completed their referral to treatment pathway within 18 weeks, but about 12 per cent of Welsh patients had still not completed their pathway after 36 weeks.

A section of the January board papers written by executive directors says: “The lower performance (for patients from Wales) was expected as the Trust are supporting commissioners in reducing long waits. Discussions are ongoing with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board regarding their target wait times as they look to provide equality across their English and Welsh providers.”