PERFORMANCE: The south London hospital trust missed the A&E four-hour performance target in January and February but hit it in March, papers reveal.

A report said: “This has been caused by an exceptional level of breaches over a weekend period at the end of January, due to A&E medical staff short
notice illness. February has had a high level of breaches particularly early in the month, because of the high levels of surgical activity there is less flexibility over coping with peaks of emergency activity by using surgical beds.”

It said extra staff had to be funded to make sure the overall target for the fourth quarter was met.

The report added: “For the new additional A&E standards activity data for the quarter is not yet complete. We expect the position to be that ‘the left without being seen’ and the ambulance turnaround time standards were met.

“On the treated within one hour standard for the main St Thomas’ A&E, the current quarterly performance is 42 per cent, below the required target of 50 per cent. There were a high level of A&E four wait breaches in early April and the position is being closely monitored to ensure that this target is not at risk.”