'No blanket cover' for not naming 'cover-up' officials

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".

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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