CQC Report

19th June 2013

Jamie Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responded to press reports on the deletion of an internal CQC report in March 2012, said:

“It would be indefensible for the CQC, the regulator charged with keeping our hospitals safe, to attempt a cover-up designed to mask its own failings.

“My constituents who use this hospital deserve much better and the Government needs to provide answers on every aspect of this serious allegation.

“It is even more worrying that it comes after the events at Mid Staffs, when everyone in the NHS should have had openness and transparency at the front and centre of everything they were doing.

“Ministers must now order an urgent investigation into the questions raised by this report.

“First, we need to know who took the decision to delete this report, who else was party to the decision and what the justification was for so doing.

“Second, urgent clarity is needed on whether the CQC had any contact with the Department of Health about this matter and if so, what was the nature of that contact.

“It will not escape people’s notice that this alleged cover-up came in the month that the Government was refusing to publish its own NHS Risk Register.  Their stated commitment to openness and transparency in the NHS is now in serious doubt and that’s why urgent answers are needed.”


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