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.
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.
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.
Cynthia Bower has been named as one of the individuals allegedly involved in the hospital deaths inquiry 'cover-up'.