The regulator of the NHS in England cannot say when it will decide whether to release the names of its staff who are accused of covering up failure.
It is meeting lawyers right now as the Care Quality Commission tries to decide whether to release the names of its own officials.
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.
Last night, the CQC chief executive said he would look again at the legal advice which he claims had prevented him making public the names.
The Information Commissioner says the Data Protection Act cannot be used to protect the identity of individuals when it is in the public interest that they be revealed.
However, the CQC is still consulting lawyers this morning.
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