Former CQC deputy chief executive Jill Finney has been sacked from her current role with Nominet - the UK's internet structure body.
– Nominet spokesperson
The increasing public scrutiny over our CCO’s former role at CQC has made it impossible for her to continue with her role and responsibilities at Nominet.
With regret, we felt it necessary to terminate Jill Finney’s employment with immediate effect. Ms Finney will be paid one month’s salary in lieu of notice.
Former CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower has said she has no recollection of an instruction being given to delete the regulator's inquiry into the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay and says the report was never deleted.
As chief Executive of CQC the buck stops with me so I deeply regret any failing in the regulation of UHMB during my time in charge and any distress this has caused to relatives, and in particular the family of baby T. We took steps to change our processes when these failing were identified and, although lessons were learned, I am not complacent and have no doubt that there is further room for improvement in the regulatory process.
– Former CQC chief executive 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.
Former Care Quality Commission chief executive Cynthia Bower today insisted she "gave no instruction to delete" the internal review, but added that as the boss of the healthcare watchdog: "The buck stops with me."
Care Quality Commission media manager Anna Jefferson, who has been implicated in the watchdog's cover-up scandal, today said: "I would never have conspired to cover up anything."
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'.
In a letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, CQC leaders David Prior and David Behan said they had taken the decision to publish the names followed fresh legal advice and consideration of comments from the Information Commissioner.
"In light of this further consideration we have come to the view that the overriding public interest in transparency and accountability gives us sufficient grounds to disclose the names of the individuals who were anonymised in the report," they wrote.
"There were four members of staff present when the discussion about deletion occurred: Cynthia Bower, former chief executive, Anna Jefferson, media manager, Jill Finney, former deputy chief executive and Louise Dineley, head of regulatory risk and quality.
"Since the publication of the report we are seeking advice on whether there is any appropriate action that might be taken in relation to the named individuals and will keep you advised of this."
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has welcomed the naming of the individuals accused of being involved in the hospital deaths inquiry 'cover-up'.
Pleased to receive CQC letter naming the individuals involved. Clear sign NHS is changing. We must have accountability throughout the system
The NHS regulator in England - the Care Quality Commission - has named the individuals allegedly involved in the hospital deaths inquiry 'cover-up'.
CQC say four members of staff present when the discussion about the deletion occurred. They were: former Care Quality Commission chief executive Cynthia Bower, her former deputy Jill Finney, media manager Anna Jefferson and head of Regulatory Risk and Quality Louise Dineley.
The CQC is facing claims its staff ordered the destruction of evidence in a report which was critical of the regulator's failure to prevent deaths of mothers and babies at a Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.
The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV News the decision by the Care Quality Commission to name individuals allegedly involved in a hospital deaths inquiry "cover-up" is a sign of how the NHS is changing and shows how the regulator is determined to "speak out fearlessly".