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CQC may have 'covered up own failings'

CQC may have 'covered up own failings'

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A report released later today reveals the CQC gave the public “false confidence” in a failing trust.  

The review looked into Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) response to the death of several newborn babies at Furness General Hospital. 

The trust has admitted that there is “no denying” that the trust let people down in the past. A new trust board claims they will learn from the mistakes made. 

The report, obtained by Radio  4’s Today programme, shows that the CQC failed to launch an investigation when first told about the deaths, and registered University Hospitals Morcambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust as safe in 2010. 

Evidence shows that an internal review by the regulator was destroved at the request of a senior manager, however, the individual denies that instruction was given. 

CQC chairman David Prior told the BBC: "What happened in the past was wholly unacceptable.

"The report confirms our view that at a senior level the organisation was dysfunctional. The board and the senior executive team have been radically changed."

Commons health select committee chairman Stephen Dorrell said the report made "extremely depressing reading", underlining the CQC's past failings.

Consultancy firm Grant Thornton carried out the investigation on behalf of the CQC. 

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