Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, made a statement in the House of Commons at 12.30 pm on Tuesday 13 November 2012 on the publication of the Government's first mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board
Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
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