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The NHS regulator in England - the Care Quality Commission - has named the individuals allegedly involved in the hospital deaths inquiry 'cover-up'.
CQC say four members of staff present when the discussion about the deletion occurred. They were: former Care Quality Commission chief executive Cynthia Bower, her former deputy Jill Finney, media manager Anna Jefferson and head of Regulatory Risk and Quality Louise Dineley.
The CQC is facing claims its staff ordered the destruction of evidence in a report which was critical of the regulator's failure to prevent deaths of mothers and babies at a Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.
The Health Secretary has insisted that it is right and proper that the Care Quality Commission names those officials allegedly involved in any 'cover-up.'
Jeremy Hunt told me that the speed with which CQC has dealt with this and responded, proves the systems in place now are working.
The Care Quality Commission names are due within the next hour, according to Whitehall sources.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called the allegations "shocking" and said it is one of the worst things he has seen in his lifetime:
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has hinted at the need to name those responsible for an alleged cover-up at the CQC health regulator - something that has not happened so far.
In a statement to the House of Commons, he said: "The whole truth must now come out and individuals must be held accountable for their actions."
Officials at the NHS watchdog ordered that evidence of its failure to prevent a scandal at a hospital maternity unit be destroyed, a report will show according to the Daily Telegraph.
Regulators at the Care Quality Commission deleted the review of its failure to act on concerns about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, according to the report.
Police are investigating the deaths of at least eight mothers and babies at the Trust.
The organisation responsible for keeping the Health Service in check, is itself facing some serious allegations - there are even calls for a criminal investigation.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) ordered staff to destroy one of it's own reviews in order to cover up the CQC's own failings.
The incident relates to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust - The Trust runs hospitals in South Cumbria.
Today's report claims the CQC covered up a failure to investigate a Cumbrian hospital where mothers and babies died through neglect.
Concerns about the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital came to light in 2008, but the CQC gave the Morecambe Bay trust the all-clear in 2010.
However, when a review into maternity care was ordered in 2011 it was so damning it was allegedly suppressed.