Notes to editors
How is the NHS performing? is the third of The King's Fund's regular quarterly monitoring reports and is published on 14 October 2011. For further information or to request an interview with John Appleby, please contact the Press and Public Affairs team on 020 7307 2632 (if calling out of hours, please ring 07584 146035).
(1) Based on analysis of data published by the Department of Health on 13 October 2011. In August 2011, 90.4 per cent of inpatients were treated within 18 weeks of referral. This is a slight reduction from 90.6 per cent in July 2011 and is down from 93.2 per cent in August 2010.
(2) Based on analysis of data published by the Department of Health on 12 August 2011. In the first quarter of 2011/12, 3 per cent of patients waited for four or more hours in A&E compared to 3.4 per cent in the previous quarter, and 1.6 per cent in the same quarter in 2011/12.
(3) Based on analysis of data published by the Health Protection Agency. 666 case of C difficile and 34 cases of MRSA were recorded in August 2011.
(4) The survey of finance directors aims to provide a snapshot of opinion and is not intended to be a representative sample. Of 53 finance directors invited to join the panel, 23 were available to give their views, which were collected via an internet survey between 14 September and 3 October 2011. The majority of the panel were from acute trusts, with others from mental health trusts, community trusts and PCT clusters.