As data protection stops culprits being named, families condemn 'rotten' NHS cover-up of over 16 baby deaths at Morecambe Bay

23 June 2013

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As data protection stops culprits being named, families condemn 'rotten' NHS cover-up of over 16 baby deaths at Morecambe Bay

Without naming anyone responsible, a damning report into failures at the Care Quality Commission was published today. To the fury of the families of the children who died, Mr Hunt insisted advice from government lawyers meant revealing the identities of the officials would breach data protection laws.  

In the accounts of a discussion between officials about what to do with the findings one senior manager said: ‘Are you kidding me? This can never be in the public domain nor subject to a freedom of information request – read my lips.’

James Titcombe, whose son Joshua died aged just nine days old after staff failed to spot and treat an infection, condemned the decision to insist on anonymity.  He told Sky News: ‘It embodies everything that is wrong with the culture in the NHS. It's something that's been rotten really about the system. We need it to change. We need that culture to change. 

Mr Hunt was called to the House of Commons today to give an emergency statement on the appalling failings. He told MPs: ‘What happened at Morecambe Bay Hospital is, above all, a terrible personal tragedy for all of the families involved. ‘Before saying anything else I want to apologise on behalf of the government and the NHS for all the appalling suffering they have endured.

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