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DETROIT (AP) -

Emails say the leader of an investigation into the Detroit Medical Center questioned the capability of his staff to investigate dirty instruments.

The Detroit News used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain 220 pages of emails related to an investigation that was prompted by articles in the newspaper in August.

Larry Horvath, director of the Bureau of Community and Health Systems, wrote in an Aug. 30 email that "our expertise is limited" in what he described as a "specialized area."

Jason Moon, communications director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, says the state "does have the expertise." A contractor was brought in to assist.

The medical center admitted that unclean surgical tools sometimes forced doctors to delay procedures, although it insists that no one was harmed.

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