PERFORMANCE: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has agreed a scrutiny process for its efficiency programme in order to try and prevent drops in patient safety or quality.

The latest safety and quality committee board report said: “A process for the scrutiny of new efficiency programmes has been agreed. The process has been put in place to assure the committee that any new initiatives do not compromise safety and quality.”

It added: “The chief nurse and medical director assured the committee that the current programmes that they lead did not have any negative impact.”

The report explained that efficiency programme leads had been asked to attend the safety and quality committee “to respond to questions where there are perceived safety concerns”.

However, the papers did not reveal further details of the process.