Hunt 'does not doubt Burnham's personal integrity'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he does not doubt Andy Burnham's "personal integrity" following a row over allegations his opposite number was involved in a hospital "cover up" when he was in office.

Labour threatened Mr Hunt with legal action after he wrote in a Twitter post, "Shocking revelations on @andyburnhammp's attempts to cover up failing hospitals".

Jeremy Hunt posted this letter written to Andy Burnham on his Twitter page. Credit: Twitter/@Jeremy_Hunt

In a letter to the now shadow health secretary, Mr Hunt that he was "very surprised" to receive correspondence from Mr Burnham's lawyers and that his comment "was not a suggestion that you personally covered up evidence of poor care".

However he added, "I do believe that the previous Government, with you as the Secretary of State for Health, must acknowledge and take responsibility for these failures on your watch."