Reaction to Barbara Young resigning as chairman of the Care Quality Commission
There has been a mixed reaction to the news of Baroness Barbara Young, chairman of the Chairman of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), resigning from the position.
A statement on the CQC’s website said that Baroness Young informed the CQC Board and the Secretary of State for Health of her decision to stand down in late November.
The commission was heavily criticised in the ‘Hospital Guide 2009’ which found 12 hospital trusts in England were ‘significantly underperforming’ – nine of the 12 had been rated as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ by the CQC. The guide was published by Dr Foster Intelligence.
The guide also claimed that 5,024 patients admitted to hospital with ‘low risk conditions’ died in the last year.
An emergency taskforce was sent in to Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the day Baroness Young informed Health Secretary Andy Burnham of her departure.
Lady Young said: ‘Having overseen the major task of