CQC bosses admit regulator got it wrong over report

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4359
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The Care Quality Commission has been incompetent, complacent, and dysfunctional alongside strong evidence of a cover up, its current leaders have admitted to MPs.

The CQC’s chairman, David Prior, and its chief executive, David Behan, appeared before the parliamentary health select committee on 3 July as part of its inquiry into the organisation and made frank admissions of past mistakes.

The inquiry was sparked after recent revelations that two of the commission’s former senior executives had been present at a meeting where a decision was allegedly taken to cover up a review that exposed its failings in regulating University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in Cumbria, where …

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