A HOSPITAL trust in a city that prides itself on equality operates a culture of “bullying and discrimination,” Care Quality Commission inspectors said in a damning report published today.
The commission has recommended that Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust be put in special measures after the watchdog deemed services to be “inadequate.”
Safety issues highlighted in the report include seven “never events” in 2015 — including four incidents where surgeons operated on the wrong part of a patient’s body.
It also highlighted a culture of bullying. People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds reported that “discrimination was rife in the organisation,” the report states. And some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff told inspectors they do not feel as though they are treated equally and feel discriminated against.
Deputy chief inspector of hospitals Professor Edward Baker said: “As a matter of priority the trust needs to address the long-standing issues surrounding its people policies and implement an immediate programme of change to improve the culture of the organisation.”