MP calls on Norfolk health trust to cut out “gobbledegook” after winning ‘Golden Bull’ award

PUBLISHED: 12:21 12 December 2012

MP Richard Bacon

MP Richard Bacon


A health trust has won an award for “worst written nonsense” after being nominated by a Norfolk MP.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon put NHS Norfolk and Waveney forward for the Plain English Campaign’s 2012 “Golden Bull” awards after receiving a letter from the Primary Care Trust.

Mr Bacon called on the organisation to cut out the “gobbledegook” after the letter said that the trust was obliged “to apply a negative financial uplift…in the sum of -1.8pc.”

The Conservative MP said: “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.” A spokesman for NHS Norfolk and Waveney said the letter was describing technical and complex issues. However, the trust should have chosen words that were easier to digest.


  • This fellow Bacon really does earn his substantial MP's remuneration. When he's not getting an award for being a smarty pants from his peer group at Westminster, he is trying to repeal our human rights, or indulging in some other stuff and nonsense like this. God knows what sort of constituency work he does, if any. Has he saved the Nationwide in Harleston yet?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Ha Ha ..... Pot and Kettle come to mind....never know a politician who has ever answered any question put to them ??? They are as just as bad with their B*llSh*t

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    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • It's no surprise that Mr Bacon can't understand technical terms, for someone who has attracted so much criticism over his laziness maybe it's just all too much for him to comprehend.

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    john smith

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • By the look of him he could do with the 30 min walk from his office in Diss to the Golf Club for his business breakfast. It would save him claiming the 72p each way car travel allowance as well!

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    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Does Bacon actually listen to PM's questions ?. The amout of rubbish, "gobbledegook" and incoherrent tripe spouted in the house of wasteminster beggers belief, and, no one actually gives a proper answer. Perhaps Bacons efforts should be directed towards his own, or is he frightened ?.

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