Published: 08/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5985 Page 23

Confidence has reached new highs in most of the key indicators. Confidence in hitting the December 2005 inpatient wait target has risen to 9.06 and for the outpatient access target it has reached an all-time high of 9.18.

Confidence in accident and emergency waits and in reaching planned financial positions continues to rise. A new low has been posted in the commissioning from primary care trusts, and there is a continued lack of confidence in the national IT programme.

The Barometer survey is based on a panel of 70 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.

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

The next PCT Barometer will be published on 19 January.