West Suffolk Hospitals Foundation Trust’s poor performance against various targets led it to face a risk summit with its NHS England local area team, it has emerged.

The trust could have also been given a red rating after missing its accident and emergency target for three consecutive months, board papers revealed.

But regulator Monitor reduced the rating to amber red after “consideration”, a report by trust chief executive Stephen Graves said.  

The report, discussed at West Suffolk’s September meeting, said the trust had experienced a high number of serious incidents and never events and had reported poor performance against A&E, C difficile and stroke targets, as well as in the friends and family test.

The summit, which also involved representatives from clinical commissioning groups and Monitor, concluded there would be “no follow up”, with there being a “view that the trust was aware and acting on the points raised”.

The report said the trust still faced problems tackling serious incidents and C difficile.

Monitor awarded the trust a risk rating of 3 for finance and amber green for governance after the first quarter of 2013-14.

Mr Graves said the performance of East of England FTs showed the sector was under “increasing pressure” and pointed out that both Cambridge University Hospitals and Colchester Hospital University FT had been risk rated 2 for finance.