PERFORMANCE: Provisional June data shows “underperformance” by the Walton Centre against national 18 week referral-to-treatment waiting targets, NHS Merseyside’s latest performance report states.

The report says: “Provisional June 2012 data shows underperformance in The Walton Centre for RTT (percentage of admitted/non-admitted 18 weeks).

“A lack of capacity coupled with an increasing demand for neurosciences led to a large backlog in numbers requiring treatment.

“The trust has been working with five additional providers to secure capacity in addition to developing a long term plan to ensure additional capacity on site in the future. A recovery trajectory has been agreed and Walton is delivering to this.”