Burnham: I never said to the CQC 'don't say that'

I never said to the CQC 'don't say that, do say the other'. That wasn't my role, they were an independent regulator.

Obviously we had discussions about problems that were in the NHS, we had a discussion about Basildon hospital and it was at that point that I said we needed to have a system that could provide the reassurance that people needed and also where there were problems for them to be brought out.

The central allegation that I was kind of in that period trying to say don't do anything, don't say anything, don't bring any problems out, keep them all hidden, is fundamentally disproved by the decisions I took in relation to the expediting the registration of hospitals

– Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary talking to Sky News's Murnaghan programme