Former CQC chief Bower: I have been 'hung out to dry'

The former head of the Care Quality Commission accused of conspiring to suppress a report into NHS hospital deaths has denied any involvement in a "cover-up" in an interview with the Independent.

Cynthia Bower told the newspaper she and her former colleagues had been “hung out to dry” by the CQC and that she had been forced to leave her home and go "on the run" to escape the media.

Cynthia Bower resigned from her post as CQC chief last year
Cynthia Bower resigned from her post as CQC chief last year

Bower said in the interview: “This is a report that has hung people out to dry for something we categorically deny.

“I am unemployable. I have been accused of suppressing a report about babies dying in hospital. Who wants to give me a job?”

The 57-year-old added that she had "no reason to be concerned" about a possible police investigation into the alleged cover-up.

Profile: Former CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower

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