PERFORMANCE: The foundation trust was non-compliant with five national patient safety alerts past the deadline for their completion in February, new data shows.

Figures extracted from the NHS central alerting system show that on 17 February CWPFT had still not completed work on alerts about oxygen safety, lithium therapy, administration of insulin, reducing treatment dose errors with low molecular weight heparins, and being open with patients following a patient safety incident.

The most overdue of those alerts was titled Oxygen Safety in Hospitals, due to have been completed on 29 March 2010.

The foundation trust had the joint-second highest number of outstanding alerts past deadline in the North West, alongside St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust. In the region, only Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had a higher number of outstanding alerts, at eight.

The alerts are issued by the National Patient Safety Agency, informing NHS staff of actions to help address avoidable problems which have repeatedly caused harm or death. Before January, data on non-compliance was not routinely made public. The February figures are only the second set that have been published by the NPSA.