PERFORMANCE: University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust failed the 62 day cancer target after it ceased to provide breast and urology services.

A report to South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s November meeting said the trust had treated 77.9 per cent of patients within 62 days of referral in August 2013 against a target of 85 per cent.

It said the trust was also predicting it would fail the target in September.

“Underperformance is attributed to the change in case mix now they are no longer providing breast and urology services, the combined volume of which have historically enabled the trust to deliver this standard at the required aggregate level,” the report said.  

The services were centralised at North Bristol Trust as part of a planned reconfiguration of services in the city in March and April this year.

A report to University Hospitals November board meeting said the trust was now the only acute in the country not to provide either breast or urology cancer services. The report said the transfer had left the trust with a “challenging group of pathways to meet the 62-day GP standard”.