PERFORMANCE: Barts Health Trust has missed performance targets for A&E and cancer referrals in quarter one of 2012-13.

A report presented to the board in July showed that while the east London acute hit the target for “all-type” referrals it failed the “type one” measure for major admissions.

Its total was 94.83 per cent against a target of 95 per cent.

It also missed targets for cancer referrals from GPs, with 15 per cent waiting longer than the 62 days from referral to the start of treatment.

The performance report said: “The trust, at the end of quarter one, lies on the cusp of a Department of Health rating of ‘performing’ for operations. This improves on the recently released DH Q4 2011-12 position, which was ‘performance under review’.

“These are indicative ratings currently as the Department of Health will not officially publish Q1 performance for trusts until September 2012.”

It added: “Notwithstanding this improving position, there remains reason to be concerned about sustainability as we manage the transition to a more widely merged structure, complete the managerial reorganisation, and prioritise tackling our outstanding financial gap. External service colleagues remain concerned about the pace of change on performance. In line with our values we continue to work with suggested sources of help and expertise, and now benefit from DH Intensive Support Team resources alongside us in cancer, elective care and emergency care.”

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