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Doc strike on amid letter row.

AS negotiations failed last night and a doctors' strike was confirmed for next Tuesday, pressure grew on David Cameron to order a probe into the alleged sexing up of a key letter.

NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh questioned whether staff would be ready to tackle a Paris-style terror attack if walk-outs went ahead.

But it emerged a Department of Health official had encouraged him to be "hard-edged" on the risk - and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had final approval of his text. The Lib Dems now want Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood to spearhead an inquiry.

Party health spokesman Norman Lamb said: "It is crucial to establish who had involvement."

The Department of Health said: "It was right that ministers insisted on Sir Bruce giving his independent view of capacity to respond in the event of a terrorist incident."

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Date:Jan 9, 2016
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