Petition Tag - morecambe bay

1. Kay Sheldon to remain on CQC Board

As a Non Executive Director at CQC, Kay Sheldon has repeatedly put her career and reputation on the line, fundamentally because she cared about the safety of patients and had grave concerns that the CQC were not adequately fulfilling its remit as the regulator of health and social care in the UK.

These are concerns that have now been widely accepted as being accurate and valid.

Kay Sheldon is now seen and widely respected as being on the side of patients and is trusted to speak with honesty and integrity. These qualities are a considerable asset to any organisation wishing to publicly demonstrate a commitment to openness and transparency.

2. Investigation regarding University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Joshua Titcombe died in 2008 as a result of failures at the maternity unit of University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. There have been at least 7 deaths there recently.

Whilst there has subsequently been an investigation by the Care Quality Commission and currently there is a police investigation, information has emerged which shows various official bodies knew of serious and systemic failures at the trust, wider than maternity services, and did little or nothing about them. The trust was awarded NHS Foundation status in spite of this and information has been suppressed. This comes AFTER Mid Staffordshire.

It is vital that lessons are learnt about failures in the CURRENT system of regulation to protect patients in the future.

Action against Medical Accidents ("AvMA" - the charity for patient safety & justice) supported the Titcombe family with Joshua's inquest and continues to work with them to campaign for an independent investigation into the wider issues concerning the trust.