Doctors urge caution on 'cover-up' watchdog reform

Doctors urge caution on reform of the CQC Photo: PA

Ministers should not have a "knee jerk reaction" and overhaul England's health and care regulator, doctors' leaders have said.

Officials should resist the temptation to reorganise the Care Quality Commission following the scandal which has engulfed the organisation, the British Medical Association has said.

The watchdog has been at the centre of a row over allegations it covered up a failure to properly investigate University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust where a number of mothers and babies died.

Dr Mark Porter, chairman of council at the BMA, told the BBC: "I think it is absolutely not the time to decide we need to reorganise it all from top to bottom again. We should actually remember that sometimes you shouldn't react in a knee jerk way but allow changes that are under way to bed in."