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The Health Secretary has insisted that it is right and proper that the Care Quality Commission names those officials allegedly involved in any 'cover-up.'
Jeremy Hunt told me that the speed with which CQC has dealt with this and responded, proves the systems in place now are working.
The Daily Mail's Political Editor, James Chapman, says the Care Quality Commission is planning to publish names later today.
The Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has insisted that the Data Protection Act does not provide a "blanket cover" for senior officials who need to be named in the public interest.
The Care Quality Commission is meeting lawyers now as it decides whether to release the names of its own officials allegedly involved in a serious cover-up over its inquiry into deaths at a Cumbrian hospital.
Mr Graham said there "isn't an expectation of confidentiality (for senior officials) if something has gone badly wrong".
The Information Commissioner has told BBC Radio 4's Today that there was no "blanket ban" on publishing names in reports if disclosure was in the public interest.
Christopher Graham said:
Lord Macdonald, a former director of public prosecutions, has said those who allegedly covered up falings at a hospital maternity unit in Cumbria should face prosecution. He told The Times:
Information commissioner Christopher Graham told BBC2's Newsnight:
Police have been asked to launch an investigation into allegations of a cover-up at health regulator CQC.
Tim Farron MP has written to the Metropolitan Police asking them to examine whether an offence has been committed after it emerged that senior management withheld a report criticising their inspection of a hospital where a number of babies died in a maternity ward.
The Prime Minister himself described the evidence as "deeply disturbing and appalling" and the health secretary called for those responsible to be held to account.
Medical Editor Lawrence McGinty reports.
Asked whether he is certain there is not an "ongoing cover-up" at the CQC, Jeremy Hunt replied that he has full confidence in the new leadership of the health regulator.
He added that "they are on the side of the public" and that they understand the need for the CQC to act as "the nation's whistleblower-in-chief".
Latest ITV News reports
Parents of a baby girl, who died at one-day-old, have said they are "sickened" they were not told of earlier failings at Furness Hospital.
The health watchdog has named the individuals accused of allegedly covering up its failure to investigate at a Cumbria maternity unit.