Published: 17/03/2005, Volume II5, No. 5947 Page 23

Confidence in primary care trust commissioning is at rock bottom according to the HSJ barometer of acute chief executives - almost two thirds put confidence at three out of 10 or less, and a quarter gave it the lowest score possible.

Performance on the four-hour accident and emergency wait has fallen since the December 2004 deadline, with almost a quarter of trusts recording optimism at less than five out of 10.

The barometer survey is based on a panel of 60 acute chief executives and is carried out every two months. The confidential panel is asked to give a score of 1 to 10 against key indicators (1 = no confidence, 10 = total confidence).

These figures show results taken at the end of February, while the graphs indicate the main trends over time.

The Barometer of PCT chief executives will be published on 21 April.


Confidence in becoming a foundation by end of 2006-07 (on a scale of 1 to 10)

Already FT 21%

1-3 21%

4-6 49%

7-10 9%