Once again the Cover-up Quality Commission has failed to cover up the Care Quality Commission’s failure to cover up their failures, it was reported today, as news leaked out about how a report castigating a Cumbria hospital for covering up its failure to care for its baby patients was leaked to the press before publication.
The report, which described how the report about the baby deaths should have been shredded, was not shredded, with the result that the announcement about the leak was leaked to the press hours before the news about how the cover-up should have been covered up was shredded.
Shortcomings like this are an embarrassment to the government, and the reason why the Cover-up Quality Commission was set up in the first place. But according to another leaked report, ministers are questioning whether the Cover-up Quality Commission should be disbanded for its failure to guarantee the quality of cover-ups. On the one hand, some are saying that it is being said that the Cover-up Quality Commission should have covered up the cover-up and has only itself to blame, while on the other hand some Whitehall sources say that a policy of openness would be better, especially for those cases where a leak about a cover-up has already taken place.