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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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Breakdown of email data in Labour 'cover up'

Here is a breakdown of what email data showing the Department of Health under the Labour government attempted to stop details emerging of a hospital scandal contained:

  • Emails released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) watchdog under freedom of information laws showed the Department of Health ordered the CQC not to brief the press on an inspector's report into the trust, which found appalling standards of hygiene.
  • But by then the CQC had already told three national newspapers the report was impending and the story was being published by the Press Association.
  • The CQC report into Basildon detailed major concerns about unusually high death rate among patients.
  • Inspectors found blood stains on floors and curtains, blood splattered on trays used to carry equipment and badly soiled mattresses in the A&E department with stains soaked through.

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