THE outgoing chief executive of Barnsley Hospital says it still needs to improve - despite progress in its care for patients.

At last week's board of directors meeting, the hospital revealed its quality report for the year 2012/2013.

Paul O'Connor, who is taking up a post as chief executive at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the hospital is heading in the right direction by continuing to cut down infection rates and improving services for people with learning difficulties.

He also said the board recognises it still has much to do and stated that complacency will not occur.

The report said the hospital failed to cut down waiting times in its Accident and Emergency department and mortality rates were too high.

The hospital's standard mortality ratio, (HSMR), compares the number of deaths in a given hospital with the expected number of deaths, based on national data.

The quality report said it was too high, rising to 106.6 from April 2012 to January when it should be below 100.

The trust said it wants to reduce the figure to 100 by October and a group has been established to keep an eye on the rate.

The hospital has continued to perform well in its treatment of cancer patients - with 100 per cent of people undergoing surgery or drug programmes within 31 days of a decision to treat them being made.