Published: 28/07/2005, Volume II5, No. 5966 Page 7

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals trust and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare trust have been named as the worst in England.

Asked to identify 'some of the worst-performing trusts', commission head of ratings Anne Maclaren named the two, both of which remained at zero stars.

She said Mid Yorks did badly on six key targets (underachieved three, significantly underachieved three).

Meanwhile Surrey and Sussex significantly underachieved three and underachieved one. It also scored zero on its balanced scorecard.

Mid Yorkshire trust chief executive John Parkes said that, given the trust's history and the fact that it was put on special measures by the commission last year, 'we didn't expect anything else'. He said the trust was working with partners in primary care and the strategic health authority to achieve 'significant progress' for next year's ratings.

Surrey and Sussex interim chair Roy Davies said staff were working 'extremely hard' to streamline the way the organisation works and to improve care. He pointed out that the last year had seen very difficult periods 'such as the diarrhoea and vomiting outbreak [in early 2005]'.