Police inquiry into health watchdog 'cover-up'


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Police are investigating whether any criminal offence was committed during an alleged cover-up at the health watchdog. Cumbria Constabulary said it would examine a report, which detailed how officials may have suppressed a damning internal review into inspections at Furness General Hospital.

A former CQC director of operations claimed he was sacked after raising concerns about the way the watchdog was run. David Johnstone said he was escorted off the premises, then hit with a gagging order after putting together a plan to introduce changes.

He told Victoria Derbyshire on Radio 5 Live: “I saw problems around the health check, I saw problems around how the organisation managed itself, I saw problems around how the headquarters was so dysfunctionally divorced from the operational side, so I tried to introduce a plan of improvement.”