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Former chief of Care Quality Commission hits back at allegations of a cover up

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4123 (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4123
  1. Jeremy Laurance
  1. 1London

The former head of England’s healthcare watchdog has hit out at critics and the organisation she led for four and a half years, claiming that the investigation alleging that she and former colleagues ordered a report to be deleted was “against natural justice.”

Cynthia Bower, who was chief executive of the Care Quality Commission from its inception in 2009 until her resignation from the £200?000 (€235?000; $310?000) a year post in 2012, has denied that she backed a cover up of an internal review that had detailed the commission’s failings in regulating University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in Cumbria.1

Louise Dineley, the …

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