Ex-CQC chief 'hung out to dry'

The former head of the Care Quality Commission, accused of conspiring to cover up a report into flawed inspections at a hospital in Cumbria, told The Independent she has been "hung out to dry" and not given an opportunity to respond to the claims

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NHS trusts chief faces resign calls over CQC scandal

A senior NHS official faced calls to resign over his links to a scandal-hit hospital trust where mothers and babies died.

Mike Farrar, who heads the body representing NHS trusts, was in charge of North West Strategic Health Authority (NWSHA) at the time of the failings at Morecambe Bay.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) confirmed it was investigating complaints against the NWSHA.

James Titcombe, whose nine-day-old son Joshua died at Furness General Hospital, said Mr Farrar should consider his position as chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

He told the Independent on Sunday:

There was a failure, in my opinion, of the NWSHA in its duty with midwifery supervision. That was a serious failure that is being investigated.

The whole role of the SHA has been highlighted as dysfunctional.

I think (Mr Farrar) should consider his position. He has always said the buck must stop with managers. But he has never taken responsibility for his role at the SHA.


Hunt: 'Cover-up' CQC staff could faces sanctions

Asked whether it was fair that former Care Quality Commission chief executive Cynthia Bower keeps her pension despite her involvement in the alleged cover-up, the Health Secretary said: "I know the CQC are looking at what sanctions they have against people who may have been involved".

Jeremy Hunt added that people should face "serious consequences" if it is proved they were involved in any cover-up:

He also said that he would back CQC "to the hilt" if they decided to take any action against those allegedly involved.

Hunt's 'confidence' in new chiefs to 'turnaround' CQC

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he had "confidence" in the two new people in charge of the Care Quality Commission to "turnaround" the NHS England regulator after it allegedly covered-up its failure to investigate a series of baby deaths.

Mr Hunt added that he was "not happy" with inspections by the CQC, during an interview with BBC Breakfast.

Hunt: 'Fed up' with failing staff getting other jobs in NHS

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told Daybreak he wants a barring system to stop NHS staff who have failed in their jobs from being able to work elsewhere in the health service.

He said: "We are fed up with people who do something terrible in one part of the NHS popping up somewhere else."

Talking about the position of chief executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, Mr Hunt said: "I do not happen to think he was personally responsible for what happened at Mid Staffordshire but what I do want is total accountability."

The current chair and chief executive of the CQC are set to give evidence to the Health Select Committee after it emerged that the health watchdog covered-up its failure to investigate a series of baby deaths.


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