Health watchdog to look again at reports on maternity services at Morecambe Bay trust

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4017
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An independent investigation has accused England’s healthcare watchdog the Care Quality Commission of covering up a damning internal review of its failings in regulating a hospital trust that had a high number of deaths of mothers and babies.

An unnamed manager told the investigation by the management consultancy firm Grant Thornton that a senior manager, also unnamed, had asked him in March 2012 to “delete” his report into the commission’s dealings with University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in Cumbria.

The CQC’s decision not to name those at the March 2012 meeting provoked widespread calls for them to be “named and shamed” and for a police investigation. The CQC cited legal advice that naming them would breach their rights under the Data Protection Act.

But the UK information commissioner, Christopher Graham, told BBC Radio 4’s Today news programme on 20 June that there was …

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