PERFORMANCE: The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust has missed a national target to admit cancer patients for their first treatment within 62 days.

The trust admitted just 76.4 per cent of cancer patients needing inpatient care within 62 days. The figure- covering April 2013 to February 2014- compares with a national figure of 85 per cent.

RBCH has previously acknowledged that delays in urological treatment were a major factor contributing to the underperformance, according to papers presented to the trust board on 9 May.

Figures from NHS England reveal that between October and December 2013 only 66 per cent of the patients admitted for urological cancer conditions by the trust received treatment within the 62-day period.  

The trust also reported that compliance with the 31-day first treatment was at 94.7 per cent against a national target of 96 per cent.  

Separately, following what finance directors described as the organisation’s most “challenging” financial year since authorisation as a foundation trust in 2005, the trust reported a surplus of £558,000 against a planned sum of £1.25m.

Executives attribute the lower surplus to extra spending on staff to cover “additional activities above planned levels” as well taking on temporary medical staff to keep staffing at safe levels during periods of job vacancies, according to papers presented to the board last week.