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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Ex-CQC deputy chief executive fired from current role

Former CQC deputy chief executive Jill Finney has been sacked from her current role with Nominet - the UK's internet structure body.

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.

– Nominet spokesperson

Cynthia Bower: CQC inquiry report was never deleted

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.

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 CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower



CQC names staff accused of hospital inquiry 'cover-up'

The NHS regulator in England - the Care Quality Commission - has named the individuals allegedly involved in the hospital deaths inquiry 'cover-up'.

Former Care Quality Commission chief executive Cynthia Bower.

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.

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