Saturday, 22 June 2013

Light touch regulation.

Now we got hold of the names, I’ve put together some biographical notes about Cynthia Bower, the former Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission.

It turns out she started work in the NHS in the West Midlands, where her boss was Sir David Nicholson, who has been in this Blog quite a lot this year.

At that time, he had responsibility for Mid Staffordshire Hospitals – where between 600 and 1200 unnecessary deaths occurred.

When he was promoted, she became Chief Executive of NHS West Midlands Strategic health Authority.

In 2008 she was appointed Chief Executive of the Care Quality commission.

In 2011 the BBC exposed abuse at Winterbourne view Care home – at that time the CQC had only ordered one enquiry, Bower indicated the CQC was operating a ‘light touch’ regulation policy.

At about the same time, the report raising concerns about Furness General Hospital maternity unit got buried because it showed that the CQC had failed to act on concerns.

‘Read my lips’. 

Coming up…

Next week – Tuesday onwards, I’m going to take a sharp knife to the May Board meeting of Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. It’s time someone independent (that’s me folks) took a close, hard look at the figures to work out what’s going on.

It won’t be dull.

It won’t be boring.

It won’t be… well, I’ll try my best but there may be some statistics.


Neil Harris
(a don’t stop till you drop production)   


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