Cynthia Bower, former Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and her former deputy, Jill Finney, stand accused along with media manager Anna Jefferson of being involved, to varying degress, in the decision to cover-up of failures over deaths of babies at Furness General Hospital in Cumbria.
There can be no doubt that, as a regulator of the National Health Service, the CQC is a public body. These charges are of a particularly grave nature and far more serious than police officers selling titbits of information to the media. As we have seen police officers being prosecuted for Misconduct in Public Office and imprisoned when found guilty, it stands to reason that Bower, Finney and Jefferson should stand before a court to answer the accusations.
Our public services are infested with people who have no interest in serving anything other than their own financial and career interests. It is obscene that Bower was allowed to leave the CQC with a pension pot of around £1.5million with her appalling track record. The absence of accountability seems to be the most common characteristic of those who reach the higher echelons of these lavishly funded organisations that produce very little, consume a vast amount and, as the Furness scandal, the Mid Staffordshire scandal and numerous other scandals already exposed and in the pipeline for exposure show, hold the public that funds them in sickening contempt.
These people have blood on their hands. It is the most serious failure or wilful misconduct that anyone in public service can be accused of. Nothing less than prosecution to the full extent of the law, accompanied by complete transparency about everything that has happened with no censorship, and crucially full details of what outside organisations – such as Common Purpose – they and those who hired them are members of and have spent public money to participate in, should be accepted.
The political class has facilitated the development of the parasite class, which is consistently failing the people they are supposed to serve while feeding off us like leeches. Enough is enough. It’s time to take them on.