A training body for nurses and midwives has said it will inspect a hospital trust in Essex after reports of major hygiene lapses and high death rates.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)said it was concerned about standards found at Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
It will inspect the clinical and learning environments at the trust on 11 and 12 December.
A review of the supervision of midwives will also be conducted, it added.
NMC chief executive Dickon Weir-Hughes said on Wednesday that it was considering withdrawing its students from both the Basildon and Thurrock trust and the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
A regulator found Colchester Hospital University NHS Trust consistently failed to improve waiting times.
Death rates were found to be 12% higher than expected, while death rates at the Basildon and Thurrock trust were "unusually high".
Mr Weir-Hughes said the NMC has asked the Care Quality Commission, Monitor and the Dr Foster Hospital Guide to share evidence that patient safety at the Basildon and Thurrock trust may have been compromised due to poor nursing or midwifery care.
"The information received from these organisations will enable us to determine what appropriate courses of action should be taken," he added.