Chair of care watchdog resigns
Jo Williams, chair of the Care Quality Commission, announced her resignation today.
Ms Williams steps down just half a year after the chief executive, Cynthia Bower, left the organisation in February.
Ms Bower had been at the CQC, which inspects domiciliary care services and hospitals as well as care homes, since it was set up in 2009.
She was replaced by David Behan in June.
The organisation has been plagued by problems for a number of months, following allegations over its investigations and its ability to find and stop care abuses.
Today, Ms Williams said: ‘It has been a privilege to hold this important role but I now believe it is time to step aside and for a new chair to lead CQC into the next stage.
‘Having served on the board of the CQC for almost four years and as chair for nearly three, I am proud of the progress we have made.’
She added that she was confident that Mr Behan will continue to build on the CQC’s work.
Ms Williams will remain in post until a successor is appointed.