Two NHS watchdog executives who were disgraced over a series of health care scandals have gone into business providing “reputation management” advice to the public sector.
Cynthia Bower, the former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and Jill Finney, her former deputy, were last year accused of conspiring in a cover-up over the organisation’s failures to protect the public.
Both were accused of trying to suppress an internal review into the regulator’s failure to act on concerns about patient safety at Morecambe Bay University Hospitals, where at least 14 babies and two mothers died amid accusations of poor care.
By the time the investigation was disclosed last summer both had left the CQC.
Miss Bower resigned after a deeply critical Government review of the watchdog, which followed years of criticism for her part in the Mid Staffs hospital scandal, where she ran the local health authority.