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Barts Health NHS Trust

Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 19th March 2015.

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Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 10:31 am, 19th March 2015

I thank my hon. Friend for that—[Interruption.] We are hearing a lot of chuntering from a sedentary position, but I refer Andy Burnham, who asked the urgent question, to a quote from Roger Davidson, former head of media at the CQC, who said in evidence to the Francis inquiry that

“there were conversations between the CQC and ministers to the effect that the CQC would not cause any trouble in the run up to purdah. The message that we don't want bad news infected the whole organisation.”

However much of a small discomfort it might be to Ministers to come and answer an urgent question on such an important matter for patients, people should be reassured that it is far more important that these issues come out transparently, whatever the timing, even if it is ahead of a general election.