PERFORMANCE: Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust failed three of the new accident and emergency indicators during the first month they were introduced.

The Department of Health introduced eight new clinical indicators to replace the four hour A&E target in April. Of these, five will be measured by Monitor as part of its compliance framework from the start of July.

A report to the RBCHFT board revealed that although the trust was successfully ensuring 95 per cent of patients did not spend longer than four hours in A&E and keeping the unplanned reattendance rate under five per cent during April, it was failing the other three that will be measured by Monitor.

These are 95 per cent of patients should have their initial assessments within 15 minutes, the median wait for time treatment by a decision making clinician should be 60 minutes, and fewer than five per cent of patients should leave without being seen.

The report did not give figures for how the trust was performing against the indicators.