Baroness Barbara Young is quitting her position as Care Quality Commission chair, Nursing Times has learned.
Baroness Young has told health secretary Andy Burnham she is leaving her post, at a date yet to be confirmed.
Last week the commission came under fire following reports of poor standards at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust and the publication of Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide, which revealed the mortality rate at every trust in the country.
HSJ understands Baroness Young was criticised by the Department of Health for the way the scandal was handled, which resulted in a damning CQC inspection report containing details about poor hygiene and care at Basildon and Thurrock being leaked to the media.
However, CQC sources are indicating that is not the reason for her departure.
NHS insiders have previously raised doubts over whether the former Labour peer, who later moved to the cross benches, would stay in post under a Conservative government, should Labour lose the general election.
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has been vocal in his criticism of the CQC.