PERFORMANCE: Emergency admissions to South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust increased by 5.6 per cent between April and August 2012 compared to the same period the previous year.

A report to the board of community provider Torbay and South Devon Health and Care Trust said the increase was being driven by a “disproportionate” increase in emergency admissions for patients aged 65 or over of 10.2 per cent.

The integrated trust provides health and social care and has won praise in the past for reducing emergency admissions.

The report said the biggest increase in over 65 emergency admissions was for respiratory conditions and urinary tract and male reproductive system conditions. It said the increase would be considered as part of the “service development and contract negotiation process” for 2013-14.