PERFORMANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has “significant challenges” with its performance against the four hour waiting target for accident and emergency.

Strategic health authority NHS South East Coast has published unvalidated performance by the region’s trusts against the 95 per cent four hour wait operating standard for the period 1 April to 4 September 2011.

The SHA recorded Surrey and Sussex’s unvalidated year-to-date performance against the target as 78.8 per cent, as of 11 September.  

In its board papers, the SHA states: “Surrey and Sussex Healthcare continues to report significant challenges in relation to achievement of this standard and performance remains well below the 95 per cent standard.”

The papers add: “The SHA and Sussex commissioners continue to work closely with the trust to address system wide issues in relation to the unscheduled care pathway and improve internal process at the trust.

“In addition, the SHA continues to lead the interventions relating to the underperformance in accordance with the NHS Performance Framework regime.”