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Former CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower has resigned today from her current position on the board of Skills for Health, it has been confirmed.
Today she, along with three colleagues were named by the NHS regulator as those accused of being involved in the hospital deaths inquiry '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.
Press statement from 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.