PERFORMANCE: Whittington Health Trust is 14 per cent short of its local target of 95 per cent theatre utilisation.

A report to the board said the key issues causing the 81 per cent year-to-date rate included: “closed lists due to consultant annual leave [in August]”, “partial filled lists provided to avoid 18 week breaches (eg ENT) leading to under-utilisation” and “reduction in day case cystoscopy due to equipment failure in month”.

The trust said it was undertaking 2012-13 job planning in urology and that “orthopaedic day case lists to be reallocated and increased hip inpatient list to be provided following job planning review within orthopaedics”.