Politicians do tend to reannounce sexy policies, and there is certainly a need for a bit of glitz at the moment.

But it seems the poor press officers at the DH have got so lost in these reannouncements - another Great Debate on social care, anyone? - that they are losing track of their health secretaries.

Last week, the press office tweeted (keep up) that “health secretary Alan Johnson” would launch “groundbreaking” metrics to record nurse compassion.

Its press release said that Mr Johnson would launch these metrics during his “keynote speech to the NHS Confederation in Manchester”. Ah. So that’ll be the 2008 conference then.