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A former director of the Care Quality Commission has claimed that he was sacked from the organisation after raising concerns a number of years ago.

Mr David Johnstone worked for the CQC as a director of operations until he was dismissed in 2009. He has alleged in an interview with the BBC that he was sacked from the organisation after he raised concerns regarding the organisation’s competence to regulate the healthcare sector in the United Kingdom.

Mr Johnstone stated that he had suggested to the organisation in 2009 that “fundamental changes” were required. He alleged that after he had made these statements he was escorted off of the premises and handed a “gagging order”. It’s not clear at the moment whether this “gagging order” is a reference to a compromise agreement or a letter requiring Mr Johnstone to maintain his contractual obligation of confidentiality.

Mr Johnstone’s allegations come in the wake  of allegations that staff at the organisation covered up an internal report on how it failed to spot serious problems with caring for patients at a large hospital in the United Kingdom, where a number of mothers and babies died.

The revelations Chris Hadrill, an employment solicitor at Redmans, commented on the matter that “I saw problems around how the headquarters was so dysfunctionally divorced from the operational side of services so what I did is I tried to introduce a plan of improvement”

The former director of operations stated that: “I saw problems around how the headquarters was so dysfunctionally divorced from the operational side of services so what I did is I tried to introduce a plan of improvement”.

A spokesman for the Care Quality Commission, commenting on the matter, stated: “We have no comment to make in relation to David Johnstone’s employment with the CQC or his recollection of events from four years ago”

Chris Hadrill, an employment solicitor at Redmans, commented on the matter that: “This is the latest in a series of potentially damaging revelations for the Care Quality Commission in the last few weeks. However, any Employment Tribunal claim that Mr Johnstone may have had against his former employers may have expired many years ago due to the strict time limits in the Employment Tribunal”.

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