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Farron: "Glad CQC have named names but justice must now take its course"

June 20, 2013 4:40 PM

Tim in WestminsterSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the news that the Care Quality Commission has published the names of the officials at the centre of the cover up involving baby deaths in Cumbria.

The CQC revealed that Jill Finney was Mr G in the CQC report, the person who is alleged to have said "Are you kidding me? This can never be in the public domain nor subject to a FOI request."Others mentioned in the report were the Chief Executive Cynthia Bower, former chair Dame Jo Williams, Louise Dinley the head of regulatory risk and PR person Anna Jefferson.

Yesterday Tim asked the Metropolitan Police for a police investigation into the cover-up, and he had also written to the information commissioner's office asking for clarification about whether the regulator could publish the names of those involved. He said he wanted "a quick and clear message [to] help the CQC and save them thousands in trying to obtain a legal opinion".

Tim said: "The first question we need answering is how many of these individuals are currently employed in the NHS or any associated organisations.

"As I said yesterday when the watchdog starts to muzzle itself, we have to ask 'is it time to put the dog down'? The CQC has botched this and has yet again failed grieving families. I have asked the police to investigate this 'cover up' because I think potentially criminal activity could have been perpetrated.

"I want to thank health ministers Jeremy Hunt and Norman Lamb for their work on this - they have worked with me to make sure that this is transparent as possible and that the families know as much as possible. It is believed that people in the highest parts of the CQC were working to hush this crisis up - I hope the Metropolitan Police will act quickly and that justice will be done."