Two nurses have been removed from duty at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust amid claims that their removal is linked to a highly critical inspection by regulators, Nursing Times understands.
Nursing Times has been told by a source that the nurses – believed to be from accident and emergency and critical care – have been suspended by the organisation pending investigation.
The source said the move was linked to a critical Care Quality Commission inspection, which raised serious concerns about the organisation.
The CQC completed its latest inspection of the trust in April but told Nursing Times it had not yet published its report.
NHS Improvement, which has the power to place organisations into special measures, also said it had not yet received a copy of the report on the trust from the CQC.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, said: “No formal action has been taken against nursing staff as a result of our CQC inspection.”
As reported by Nursing Times in October last year, CQC inspectors rated the trust’s urgent and emergency services as “inadequate” following a previous inspection in June 2015.
Inspectors said they observed that the A&E did not always have the staff or facilities to ensure the safe accommodation of patients in the emergency department.
Patient safety was compromised because the initial assessment of patients was not done quickly enough, concluded the regulator’s latest report.
In addition, patient flow from A&E into hospital beds was poor, with many patients waiting to be admitted to wards.