Procedures for informing national health service staff members of allegations made against them when they are suspended from work is a matter for individual NHS trusts. I am advised that at Birmingham Women’s Health Care NHS Trust, suspension of a member of staff in itself is not a disciplinary action and does not assume guilt of the individual involved. It is a neutral act that enables the trust to fully investigate allegations of a serious nature.
I also understand that at the time of suspension the employee will be informed in private of a brief outline of the reasons for the action. This will be confirmed in writing to the employee and all matters after this time will be communicated by the investigation team.