Wednesday, 19 June 2013


Sometimes it gets so bad you can’t believe it – this morning was one of those.

Police are currently investigating deaths of Mothers and babies at maternity at Furness General Hospital - there are some 30 lawsuits pending – babies and mothers who died.

It turns out that in 2010, as a result of complaints, the Care Quality Commission launched an enquiry into maternity services at the University Hospital Trust of Morecombe – the body in charge.

Managers at the CQC subsequently deleted the report to save the reputation of the organisation, as they had given the hospital and trust the all clear, recommending its maternity services to patients as safe.

Now, all this is about to be exposed in an independent consultants report, the Chair and Chief Executive of the CQC have resigned ‘without compensation’, although their pensions are intact.

In the report a senior manager of the CQC was quoted as saying;
“Are you kidding me? This can never be in a public domain nor subject to a Freedom of Information request. Read my lips”.
The report was destroyed.

The current Chief Executive of CQC has denied there was a cover up but has confirmed that everyone who dealt with this has now gone and the organisation has made a fresh start.

More to the point, it turns out that inspections were carried out by people who had no relevant medical experience – in some cases their qualification was that they were “firemen or police officers”.

I've been fairly ill and had been thinking of giving up the struggle - there are other things to do in life, after all. But this is really unbelievable.  

Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)

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