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Apology to Burnham over emails

The Department of Health has apologised to Labour's Andy Burnham over the release of confidential emails he claims were used to smear him, ITV News has learnt.

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Burnham asks Hunt to apologise over 'cover up' claims

Andy Burnham has asked Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to substantiate his claims that the Labour MP hid hospital failings in a "cover up".

He said he was concerned that disclosure rules had been broken and challenged Mr Hunt to apologise.

It is impossible to see how you can claim this mounted to a cover-up," he told him in a letter.

I therefore ask you, by the end of today, to provide me with evidence to substantiate your assertion.

If you fail to provide such evidence, I will require a full retraction and public apology. If that is not forthcoming I will consider further action.

– Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary

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