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Farron: "Three weeks to look at 'cover up' claims is not good enough"

June 24, 2013 4:07 PM

Tim in WestminsterSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has said that families should not have to wait for three weeks to find out if the police will investigate the alleged CQC 'cover up' at Furness General Hospital.

Last week Tim wrote to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, asking them to investigateto see if any crimes had been committed.

A statement this afternoon from the police in Cumbria said: "Cumbria Constabulary is considering the content of the lengthy CQC report that was released last week. A dedicated team of detectives will examine the report in detail and decide whether any further action is required. We will keep the Metropolitan Police informed as appropriate.

"We are committed to examining the report thoroughly, and it takes time to do this properly. We anticipate examining the report will take three weeks."

Reacting to the police statement, Tim said: "I understand complex issues take time to deal with, but for the police to read a report and to make a judgement if an investigation can be launched cannot take three weeks! I want the police to make this decision in a matter of days and not weeks. That is just not acceptable and the families deserve better than this."