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Another NHS cover-up

Post by tasprin on 20.06.13 12:39

Another NHS cover-up. Even the deaths of babies is covered up and those responsible leave with a big pay-off. This one may result in criminal prosecutions.

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Bosses in hospital deaths cover-up EXPOSED: There will be no hiding place for those who deleted evidence about unit where 16 babies died, says Hunt

Cynthia Bower, former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, and her deputy Jill Finney were 'round the table' when the decision was taken to delete evidence of a botched CQC inspection
Names of those responsible for the cover-up at the health regulator were redacted from a damning report published
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the secrecy and demanded the names be published
 The Prime Minister condemned the cover-up as 'disturbing and appalling'
By Eleanor Harding, Sophie Borland and Tamara Cohen


Two health bosses at the heart of the cover-up over a hospital where up to 16 babies died through neglect can be named today. Cynthia Bower, former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, and her deputy Jill Finney were ‘round the table’ when the decision was taken to delete evidence of a botched CQC inspection. In a move that prompted fury, the names of those responsible for the cover-up at the health regulator were redacted from a damning report published yesterday. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the secrecy and demanded the names be published – insisting there should be ‘no anonymity and no hiding place’ for the officials involved.............


And this is how they treat Whistleblowers

I was treated appallingly, says whistleblower

When Ms Sheldon accused the regulator of trying to hide its failure to alert the public to risks to mothers and babies at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, she claims she was 'victimised' by board members. The Morecambe Bay whistleblower says she was ‘subjected to the most appalling treatment’ after raising concerns about a cover-up.

Kay Sheldon, 50, sits on the CQC board as a non-executive director – with the specific role of holding it to account. But when she accused the regulator of trying to hide its failure to alert the public to risks to mothers and babies at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, she claims she was ‘victimised’ by board members. At a CQC board meeting yesterday, she said: ‘I raised the issues internally first. I then raised them with the Department of Health, I then raised them with the permanent secretary and I also raised them with the then Secretary of State for Health. ‘Now that is the process that non-execs are supposed to follow and I followed that to the T ... I think I should have been listened to at every stage and I should not have had to go to the lengths that I went to. I have been subjected to the most appalling treatment. That should shame the organisation and indeed higher.’

Last March, Mrs Sheldon made public her concerns about the quality of the CQC inspections in a newspaper interview after she said they had been ignored by the CQC. It remains unclear whether she will be allowed to continue in her role. CQC chairman David Prior told ITV News yesterday: ‘We are completely changing our board at the moment ... by September I will have done a full review of the board and the strengths of people on the board and that’s when we’ll make a decision.’
The board has previously made attempts to remove Mrs Sheldon, and tried to discredit her as mentally ill after she raised concerns about the organisation’s failings in regards to the Mid Staffordshire care scandal, it is alleged.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2344721/Exposed-bosses-hospital-deaths-cover-Two-women-hid-baby-deaths-evidence.html#ixzz2WkmzoeuH

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Re: Another NHS cover-up

Post by tasprin on 20.06.13 14:02

June 19, 2013
Private Eye Issue 1341
Filed under: Private Eye — Dr. Phil

CQC in the Dock

NHS England has confirmed there will an ‘inquiry in public’ into the serious systemic failures at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust (UHMBFT). But will it have the balls to expose yet more failings in the regulation and leadership of the NHS? The inquiry was sparked by the avoidable death of baby Joshua Titcombe at Furness General Hospital in November 2008.  Joshua had a low temperature due to lung infection that would have been easily treatable had it been diagnosed. Sadly, it wasn’t. Joshua’s crucial observation chart disappeared soon after his death, despite ‘extensive’ searches, leading the coroner to deduce,  32 months later, it may have been ‘deliberately destroyed.’ He concluded there was a ‘very worrying mark of suspicion hanging over the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital (part of UHMBFT)’ and identified ten serious failures. A previous review into the service had also found serious failings. So why did the Care Quality Commission not investigate?

Whistleblowing CQC board member Kay Sheldon recently accused the CQC of registering failing hospitals as safe to avoid another public scandal such as Mid Staffordshire.  ‘It seems to me that CQC gave assurance about the Trust that wasn’t actually accurate…It was a very shocking thing to find, thinking that an organisation that’s there to protect patients had effectively given what amounted to false assurance and that meant that problems in the Trust carried on unacknowledged and unaddressed.’

James Titcombe, Joshua’s father, works in the nuclear industry and knows a thing or two about safety: ‘The idea that any regulator could deliberately give false reassurances about the safety of vulnerable people is deeply shocking. Could you imagine the Civil Aviation Authority knowing about significant safety issues in a type of passenger jet, but then deliberately suppressing the concerns?  What would happen in these circumstances if a plane subsequently crashed and hundreds of people died as a consequence?’ At Morecambe Bay, following the ‘all clear’ registration of the Trust by the CQC’, the Dr Foster unit at Imperial College London calculates that 415 excess deaths may have occurred (up to and including 2012). In 2011, the statistical estimate was more than 257 excess deaths (the highest mortality rate of any Trust in the country).

Titcombe has meticulously and courageously unearthed documents which unequivocally show the serious concerns CQC had about Morecambe Bay as far back as September 2009. At this time, the Health Service Ombudsman was considering undertaking her own investigation into concerns regarding the Trust’s maternity services, including the death of Joshua. During this process, a discussion took place between the deputy Ombudsman (Kathryn Hudson) and the regional director of the CQC (Alan Jefferson). Ms Hudson recorded details of the conversation which she forwarded to the Ombudsman, Ann Abraham. It revealed clear evidence of systematic failure in maternity services across the Trust, and serious concerns about how the entire Trust operated1. And yet in February 2010, Abraham refused to investigate, saying it was the CQC’s job to address failures,  and  two months later, CQC registered Morecambe Bay ‘without conditions and with no planned investigations’.

The scandal also implicates Mike Farrar, who was CEO of the North West Strategic Health Authority between July 2006 to October 2011, and is in the running to succeed Sir David ‘No Accountability’ Nicholson as chief exec of  NHS England. Farrar’s partner, Rosamond Roughton, is the Director of Commissioning Development at NHS England. That shouldn’t obstruct a thorough ‘inquiry in public’.
http://drphilhammond.com/blog/2013/06/19/private-eye/private-eye-issue-1341-2/

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