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Mike Farrar has stepped down as chief executive to work as a consultant

NHS chief quits ahead of baby death inquiry

Mike Farrar has stepped down as NHS Confederation chief executive to work as a consultant

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CQC's current chief executive, David Behan. He commissioned a report into the bullying culture at the watchdog

Stress and tears: Report lays bare bullying culture at Care Quality Commission

Excessive workloads, it was feared, were compromising thoroughness of inspections and safety of patients

Labour MP John Woodcock has written to the Care Quality Commission asking the watchdog to explain why it 'slipped out' the second damaging review

Labour MP demands explanation on why CQC 'slipped out' second damaging review into its investigations

John Woodcock is representing families who lost children at a scandal-hit hospital

Mike Farrar: The former chief of Morecambe Bay's strategic health authority heads the NHS Confederation

Exclusive: Second report into baby deaths scandal was buried

Another NHS boss in line of fire over CQC cover-up

NHS baby deaths scandal: CQC officials 'threatened to sue to stop names being linked to alleged cover-up'

Under-fire officials threatened to sue the Care Quality Commission in an eleventh-hour bid to stop their names being linked to an alleged cover-up, it emerged today.

Cynthia Bower, former Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Exclusive - 'I've been hung out to dry': CQC chief Cynthia Bower hits back at accusations of a cover-up after deaths of mothers and babies at Morecambe Bay NHS hopsitals

The former head of the Care Quality Commission accused of conspiring to suppress a report into a flawed inspection of an NHS Trust has categorically denied being involved in a cover up.

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BMA passes vote of no confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

The BMA represents 152,000 doctors around the country

Caution urged over 'knee jerk reaction' to CQC watchdog reform

Ministers should not have a "knee jerk reaction" and overhaul England's health and care regulator, doctors' leaders have said.

Andy Burnham denied pressuring the CQC to tone down criticism of a scandal-hit hospital

Andy Burnham denies pressuring CQC to tone down Morecambe Bay criticism

Former Labour health secretary says he 'was actively working to identify' problems at hospitals

The role of health authority chief Mike Farrar, inset below, in hospital deaths is under review

NHS chief 'should quit' over Morecambe Bay baby deaths

Health trusts boss, Mike Farrar, now under investigation for role in scandal as bereaved families demand he step down pending final report

NHS baby deaths scandal: MPs to quiz watchdog bosses over 'cover-up'

Former watchdog chief Cynthia Bower and deputy implicated in suppressing CQC report

Name and shame! Truth must come out vows Jeremy Hunt after report reveals baby deaths CQC cover-up

New chairman of the Care Quality Commission says that his organisation is still “not fully set up” to inspect hospitals

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A man who was swept into the sea in gale-force winds, leading to a search operation involving the Duke of Cambridge, has been named by police.

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