If talk of back office cuts left the Department of Health feeling glum last week, at least it could revel in the fact it was the only government department to win an “award” from the Plain English Campaign.

However, the Golden Bull award isn’t a trophy that many civil servants vie for as it recognises “the year’s best examples of gobbledygook”.

The phrase that caught the judges’ eyes was: “Primary prevention includes health promotion and requires action on the determinants of health to prevent disease occurring.

“It has been described as refocusing upstream to stop people falling in the waters of disease.”

End Game hopes managers have their inflatable buoyancy devices to hand just in case.