Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Healthcare regulator appoints campaigner to advise on safety

  • Comment

A father whose high profile fight for answers over the death of his baby son at an NHS hospital led to the setting up of an independent inquiry has been appointed an adviser to the Care Quality Commission.

James Titcombe will take up the full time role of national adviser on quality and safety at the end of the month, initially for a six month period.

Announcing the appointment at the CQC’s board meeting yesterday, chief executive David Behan said Mr Titcombe’s experience working in the nuclear industry as well as his knowledge of the NHS would enable him to make a useful contribution to the regulator’s work.

Mr Titcombe’s son Joshua was less than two weeks old when he died in November 2008. Mr Titcombe had to fight for an inquest into the death which was finally held three years later. It found there had been a series of failures in Joshua’s care at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust’s Furness General Hospital maternity unit.

Mr Titcombe said he hoped his role could make a difference. “I want to help ensure we get patient safety and culture right,” he added.

Mr Titcombe has also been highly critical of the CQC’s former leadership, accusing previous chief executive Cynthia Bower of being involved in a cover up the failings at the hospital. A recent internal review found there was no evidence to support this allegation.

He has successfully campaigned for an independent inquiry into poor care at the trust.

CQC chair David Prior said: “He is an outstanding person, very balanced and obviously a very courageous man and I think he will contribute a lot.”

Are you able to Speak Out Safely? Sign our petition to put pressure on your trust to support an open and transparent NHS.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.