Published: 16/12/2004, Volume II4, No. 5936 Page 25

Confidence in most primary care key indicators rose last month after a poor showing in September, according to the November HSJ Barometer, with optimism about the drug misuse target and GP contract at their highest this year. But confidence in payment by results and the National IT programme hit new lows.

The survey is based on a panel of 100 primary care trust chief executives and is done every two months. The panel is asked to give a confidence score of 1 to 10 for 11 key indicators (1 = no confidence, 10 = total confidence).

The figures on this page show the headline results taken at the end of November, while the graphs indicate some of the main trends since the survey began in the spring.

The PCT survey was set up with the help of the PCT chief executives network, chaired by Edna Robinson (for details e-mail sandra. ingham@btinternet. com).

The next survey will be published on 17 February 2005.