The Quarter 2 (July-September) performance report published today highlights that:
The NHS maintained delivery of the operational standard to treat all patients within 18 weeks from referral to treatment which came into effect from January 2009; The number of cases of HCAIs continues to fall with a 36% reduction in MRSA infections compared to the same quarter last year – this is a 76% reduction against the 2003/04 baseline; Good progress continued to be made on opening new GP-led health centres and GP practices; andRobust emergency planning for a potential pandemic has enabled the effective transition from a containment phase to a treatment phase for tackling swine flu with the launch of the swine flu helpline and vaccination programme.
The introduction of the NHS Performance Framework enables monitoring of performance against minimum standards and establishes a rules-based process for escalation where trusts are not meeting these standards. The results of the NHS Performance Framework were published for the first time in the Quarter 1 report.
At quarter 2 of 2009/10, the SHA and PCT Sector are reporting a healthy overall financial forecast of a 1,272 million surplus, with a further 217 million of surplus forecast in the NHS Trust Sector. However, in spite of this overall level of surplus, we cannot afford to be complacent as there are still a few organisations struggling to balance their finances and we will continue to focus our attention on these organisations.
Commenting on the report David Flory, Department of Healths Director General of NHS Finance, Performance and Operations said:
The Quarter 2 has built on an excellent start to the year by meeting key priorities over the last quarter during a period when they were dealing with the added pressures of swine flu.
A strong financial position, backed by good progress on delivery, will continue to ensure high quality services for patients, despite the current economic climate.