PERFORMANCE: In February the foundation trust was non-compliant with four national patient safety alerts past the deadline for their completion, new data shows.

Figures extracted from the NHS central alerting system show that on 17 February CCO had still not completed work on alerts about early identification of failure to act on radiological imaging reports, safer administration of insulin, reducing treatment dose errors with low molecular weight heparins, and being open with patients following a patient safety incident.

The most overdue alert was concerned with failure to act on radiological imaging, which had a completion deadline of 28 February 2008.

Only three NHS organisations in the North West were non-compliant with a higher number of patient safety alerts than CCO: Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust.

There were three other organisations in the region that had the same number of outstanding alerts: NHS Salford, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

In total, there were 74 instances of outstanding alerts in the region, among 29 organisations.

The alerts are issued by the National Patient Safety Agency, informing NHS staff of actions to help address avoidable problems which have repeatedly caused harm or death. Before January, data on non-compliance was not routinely made public. The February figures are only the second set to have been published by the NPSA.