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MP's nomination wins 'Golden Bull' award for local PCT Cluster



After NHS Norfolk and Waveney was named one of the winners of the Plain English Campaign’s 2012 “Golden Bull” Awards for worst written nonsense, South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, who nominated the Trust for the award, said:

“This national recognition is much deserved. NHS Norfolk and Waveney has found new ways to torture the English language which cannot or should not be repeated.  A Golden Bull Award is a pearl of great price”.

Mr Bacon made the nomination after receiving a letter from the local Primary Care Trust cluster, NHS Norfolk and Waveney, which explained that the Trust was obliged “…to apply a negative financial uplift…in the sum of -1.8%”.

“When an MP is talking gibberish in the Commons, other Members can gently intervene to point this out.   The Golden Bull Awards have allowed me to do the same for NHS Norfolk and Waveney, after the stream of gobbledegook in their letter left me baffled.” 

“I am sure that the team at NHS Norfolk and Waveney will take this award in good heart but there is a serious side to this.  MPs write to a wide range of public sector bodies on behalf of our constituents.  We want to be able to share the replies we receive, explain what they mean and give advice about what to do next. 

“That is extremely difficult to do if we can’t understand the letter ourselves”. 

11 December 2012


See also:
WEBSITE: Plain English Day 2012