Bosses at England’s health regulator have admitted they “got it wrong” when they blocked the release of the names of officials accused of a cover-up.
The admission by Care Quality Commission chief executive David Behan and chairman David Prior was made as they appeared before a group of MPs.
The names of those involved in the alleged cover-up over baby deaths were only released after a public outcry.
The House of Commons’ Health Committee heard that this had been a mistake.
The CQC originally cited data protection rules for not releasing the names when it published a review last month by consultants Grant Thornton into how the organisation had investigated Furness General Hospital in Cumbria.
But they came under immediate pressure from ministers and the information commissioner, who accused them of hiding behind the Data Protection Act.