PERFORMANCE: A&E waiting times are causing concern at Peterborough and Stamford Hospital Foundation Trust.

The November figure for people treated within the four hour standard was 93 per cent - two per cent below the required level. The trust, which has been receiving support from the Department of Health’s emergency care support team, now has a plan to increase this to 96.5 per cent by March.

Interim chief executive Louise Barnett told the December board meeting that the trust had been meeting some of the quality indicators around emergency care and, looking at two indicators, was now meeting contractual requirements with NHS Peterborough. This reduced the likelihood of financial penalties being applied. 

The trust has been found in significant breach by Monitor and is rated at ‘one’ for finance and red for governance. It is also awaiting the outcome of a CQC inspection.