At a journalists’ meeting I said I phoned Dept. Health for facts, confirmation of stories etc. Those round the table looked at me as though I were cuckoo. Then someone said that Dept. Health’s Press Office is a money-wasting enterprise that moves slower than a snail. to nods from around table. I remembered- last time I put in a request for simple information it took them three months to find it. So if other journalists don’t bother with them, what do we need them for? News at the moment is so bad I dread any headline with NHS in it. Minister Jeremy Hunt behaves like a startled rabbit, and is never to be seen – and press office don’t do a very good job of shoring up his popularity – perhaps they hate him as much as we do? So let’s close it down and use millions saved for benefit of NHS

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