Ex-CQC exec denies cover-up in Cumbria

A former deputy chief executive of the Care Quality Commission insists she wasn't involved in any decision to delete a critical internal review.

Ex-CQC exec denies cover-up in Cumbria

A former deputy chief executive of the Care Quality Commission insists she wasn't involved in any decision to delete a critical internal review.

Last week an independent report into the CQC's investigation of the deaths of babies at Furness General Hospital found evidence of a possible cover-up.

But Jill Finney says she and two other senior colleagues did not decide to suppress the review.

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Burnham: I never said to the CQC 'don't say that'

I never said to the CQC 'don't say that, do say the other'. That wasn't my role, they were an independent regulator.

Obviously we had discussions about problems that were in the NHS, we had a discussion about Basildon hospital and it was at that point that I said we needed to have a system that could provide the reassurance that people needed and also where there were problems for them to be brought out.

The central allegation that I was kind of in that period trying to say don't do anything, don't say anything, don't bring any problems out, keep them all hidden, is fundamentally disproved by the decisions I took in relation to the expediting the registration of hospitals

– Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary talking to Sky News's Murnaghan programme

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Burnham denies pressuring CQC on scandal cover-up

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham denied putting pressure on the health watchdog to play down concerns over a scandal-hit hospital trust where mothers and babies died.

Andy Burnham. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been under fire over allegations it covered up its failures over investigations into the Morecambe Bay trust.

The Sunday Telegraph claims it has seen documents which revealed the CQC was intent on suppressing negative publicity and was under pressure from Labour ministers in the run-up to the 2010 election.

But Mr Burnham, who was health secretary at the time, said he denied the central allegation that he put pressure on the CQC to cover-up information about Morecambe Bay.

He said it was "fundamentally disproved" by the decisions he took to actively identify problems at hospitals during his time in office.