PERFORMANCE: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has warned Monitor it may not achieve the A8 target during the final quarter of 2011-12.

The A8 target requires ambulance trusts to reach 75 per cent of the most serious calls within eight minutes. In February SWASFT reached 73.8 per cent of these calls within the time frame, however the trust is still on course to achieve the target for the full year.

The report to the board said accident and emergency activation numbers in February were 16.8 per cent higher than the level seen in February 2011 and 10.65 per cent above contracted volumes for February 2012.

It said: “Significant increases in activity (year on year) were seen in all PCT areas varying from 5.68 per cent (Torbay Care Trust) to 22.94 per cent (NHS Devon). For the year to date activity is 5.52 per cent higher than that seen in the same period last year and 1.25 per cent higher than contract activity levels.”