Francis: CQC scandal has 'echos' of Mid-Staffs report

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, the author of the Mid-Staffs report - Robert Francis QC - said there appeared to be "considerable echoes" in the Morecambe case of the findings of his report into the Mid-Staffs scandal.

He said: "There has been apparently a lack of candour and openness attrust level, there was a failure of a regulator to find out that things weregoing wrong and it appears that there could well have been, in many differentplaces, a lack of openness and transparency."

Robert Francis QC spoke on BBC Radio 4 this morning. Credit: Press Association

Practices such as redacting and suppressing critical reports "can become self-justifying", he said.

"There becomes a need to keep things quiet to try and sort them out. Whereas actually in something as important as public health we need to be quite open," Mr Francis said.

He added that he had heard and seen evidence of "concerns being raised by individuals at both ends of the organisation being considered very unwelcome by the leadership" of the CQC during his inquiry.