Cover-up row

Ex-chief executive of the NHS West Midlands' strategic health authority, Cynthia Bower, is among those who allegedly covered up the Care Quality Commission's failure to investigate deaths at a maternity unit. Bower was the CQC's chief executive.

Ex-West Midlands health boss named as being part of a cover-up

The woman who oversaw the NHS in the West Midlands at the time of the Stafford scandal has been named as being part of a cover-up to suppress a damning report about baby deaths in Cumbria.

Cynthia Bower was by then head of the health watchdog the Care Quality Commission which according to an independent report acted to cover up its own failings to address concerns about patients. Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie reports.

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Bower: 'I gave no instruction to delete any such report'

Press statement from Cynthia Bower:

As to the finding that there may have been a cover up of a negative report; I gave no instruction to delete any such report.

I have no note or recollection of such instruction being given. Had I heard any such instruction I would have countermanded it.

The report was, in fact, never deleted and indeed a copy was provided to Grant Thornton

Deaths cover-up went to top of CQC

Cynthia Bower.
Cynthia Bower.

The cover-up of the Care Quality Commission's failure to investigate a number of baby deaths went all the way to the top, it has emerged.

Cynthia Bower, the ex-boss of the health care watchdog has been implicated in the alleged cover-up, after officials published the names of those involved.

Former CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower was there during a discussion of the deletion of an internal review which criticised the regulator's inspections of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, where some mothers and babies died.

When the report was published yesterday, the names of those involved had been redacted, and the CQC said it had chosen to remove the names following legal advice.