PERFORMANCE: A fifth case of MRSA was reported at the foundation in February, pushing it over its commissioner-set target of four cases or less in 2010-11.

According to its March performance report, released to HSJ under the Freedom of Information Act, WHH had one case of hospital acquired MRSA in July 2010, two in September 2010, and one in November 2010.

The February case pushed it over its Primary Care Trust-set limit of one per quarter for the financial year. However, the report added that foundation trust regulator Monitor had a target limit of six per annum for WHH, and so it was not in breach of target for the purposes of its governance risk rating.