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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.

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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

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