Sue Huggins, Senior Regional Officer says:
“We know that the nurses are facing an uphill battle to provide excellent care as they are overwhelmed with a number of factors that are outside of their control. The A&E at Brighton simply isn’t fit for purpose – the population has grown so quickly since it was built that it cannot cope with the sheer number of patients coming through the doors. This then has a knock on effect elsewhere in the hospital.
“We were dismayed to hear that two nurses have been suspended ahead of the formal CQC announcement and that this information was leaked to the media. These issues facing the Trust are not down to individual nurses and they should not be used as scapegoats.
“The nursing team is heartbroken that it has come to this and yet remain dedicated to providing the best care they can as they are professionals. No patient should ever have to receive care in a corridor, this isn’t a problem unique to Brighton, but it is an indication that they are going above and beyond to do everything they can to care for the patients that arrive.
“We have been in constant touch with managers over the past month. There is no quick fix for this, the Trust need to prioritise supporting their staff to provide the best care they can and the government need to look urgently at how Trusts such as Brighton are given proper, sustainable funding to allow them to meet the needs of the population they serve.”