PERFORMANCE: The trust was failing against three national targets and nine local targets at the end of January, its latest “scorecard” shows.

Two of the national targets related to the trust’s financial performance, for which it is currently “amber” rated. Although it is forecasting a year-end surplus of £79,000, at the end of January it was reporting a deficit of £764,000 against a duty to breakeven “taking one year with another” from April 2010 to January 2011.

It was also £8.4m under spent on its capital resource budget for the year against a duty to achieve its capital resource limit (CRL). Its February performance report said: “The capital programme will under shoot the CRL at the year end due to delays caused by the Lansley review.”

In January, the trust also failed to meet two out of six new national referral to treatment waiting “indicators” – in both cases relating to median waiting times for treatment. All six of the indicators had been met by the trust in the previous six months.

The local indicators against which the trust was underperforming included the proportion of elective admissions cancelled on, or after, the day for non-clinical reasons, the proportion of patients waiting less than four hours in A&E, and the proportion of complaints responded to within 25 working days.

All of those targets were flagged “amber” by the trust, indicating that the targets had been narrowly missed.

The trust measured its performance against a total of 65 local and national indicators.