PERFORMANCE: NHS Midlands and East has stepped up its monitoring of the Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes primary care trust cluster amid substandard performance in A&E and urgent care.

The cluster will now be subject to monthly performance reviews, instead of bi-monthly.

Kettering General continues to fail the four hour waiting time target of 95 per cent for accident and emergency patients. KGH has failed to meet the 95 per cent target for the first three quarters of this year, although the trust has shown some improvement in recent weeks during quarter four. It is currently achieving 93.71 per cent.

As a result of substandard performance in A&E and urgent care in general, the cluster has been moved to formal monthly performance reviews.