Published: 17/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5943 Page 26

Confidence fell in all but one of the key indicators in the latest primary care trust barometer survey, with heavy slumps in inpatient access and choice at the point of referral. New lows were recorded in more than half of the categories and the only bright spots were rising optimism in meeting the drug treatment and staffing targets.

Thirty-one per cent expected to get fewer than two stars, up from 20 per cent based on current ratings.

The barometer survey is based on a panel of 100 PCT chief executives and is carried out every two months. The confidential panel is asked to give a confidence score of 1 to 10 against 11 key indicators (1 = no confidence, 10 = total confidence).

The PCT survey was set up with the help of the PCT chief executives network.

For details e-mail sandra. ingham@btinternet. com.

The Barometer of acute trust chief executives will be published on 17 March.


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