PERFORMANCE: Bad weather on one day and two days of very high demand pulled down performance against the eight-minute target at Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust.

Only 73.9 per cent of ‘red’ patients were reached against a target of 75 per cent in February.

The trust’s board was told that performance was particularly bad on three days while the remainder of the month was ‘satisfactory’ despite fluctuations in demand. Against the most urgent calls – red 1s – performance was below 71 per cent. 

The trust is also feeling the financial effect of having to use private providers to support A&E performance in the face of high demand with its surplus for the year to date at the end of February being £1.6m against a plan of £1.8m.

The trust spent over £250,000 on private providers between December and February.