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Nhs Watchdog Suppressed Internal Review Into Unit Where Police Are Also Investigating Deaths

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The NHS watchdog engaged in a "cover-up" by suppressing an internal review into a maternity unit where police are also investigating the deaths of at least eight mothers and babies, an independent report has found.

Managers at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) moved to protect its reputation by deleting the review, which highlighted key failures in its inspections at the unit, according to early leaks of the report, due to be published this week.

"We think that the information contained in the report was sufficiently important that the deliberate failure to provide it could properly be characterised as a 'cover-up'," consultants from Grant Thornton have concluded.

The CQC, which commissioned Grant Thornton, apologised and said the findings reveal just how poor its oversight of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay (UHMB) was in 2010, but insisted that there is no evidence of a "systematic cover-up".

Great to see people doing what's needed to protect their reputations. You can trust in us.

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The two most senior members of the NHS regulator were at the centre of an alleged cover-up over a hospital where as many as 16 babies died, it was dramatically revealed.

Former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, Cynthia Bower, and her deputy, Jill Finney, were at a meeting where the deletion of a damning internal report was discussed, the CQC admitted.

The report, which criticised the CQC's investigation of deaths on the maternity ward at the Furness General Hospital in Cumbria, was later suppressed within the organisation.

Impressive and I bet on six figure salaries.

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