PERFORMANCE: Figure for the first quarter of 2011 show attendances at A&E up on those for the same period in earlier years.

There were 370 attendances a day from January to March of 2011, roughly 100 higher than the daily attendances average for each of the previous six years.

Those attendances resulting in emergency admissions also rose in the first month of the financial year 2011-12, up 2 per cent on last year.