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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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Timeline: Furness hospital scandal and 'cover-up'

  • 2008: Concerns raised about the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria after a spate of mother and baby deaths.
  • April 2010: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust given the all-clear by the health regulatory for England, the CQC.
  • 2011: Internal review commissioned into how CQC had not identified problems in the Trust. The extremely critical report was not published.
  • September 2011: Trust warned that it would be closed down if major changes were not made.
  • 2012: David Behan, who had ordered the review, became chief executive of CQC.
  • June 2013: CQC releases a new report detailing how the original review had been suppressed.

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