They did their best but so far no one has found a splash-worthy NHS angle to the dust cloud story.
On Monday The Times and Daily Mail reported a toddler in a critical condition after bone marrow needed for a transplant was left trapped on a Canadian runway.
But largely health reporters had to be content with the possibility of dust particles affecting people with respiratory problems.
Sunday Telegraph investigative reporter Andrew Gilligan revisited a story from last week on Labour party the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for its manifesto launch. The reason the partisan event was allowed in an NHS building was – of course – that it was built with private finance initiative money, so technically still owned by the construction firm, not the NHS.
Gilligan reported the new hospital will have cost four times as much as it is worth by the time the deal is paid off in 2045, “long after New Labour has gone the way of polio”.
NHS finances – or their drying up – was also the focus of a Times report, which said the foundation trust regulator Monitor was now asking mental health foundation trusts to plan for a cut in their budget.
In fact, this was about the new efficiency assumptions Monitor issued at the beginning of the month, reported in HSJ two weeks ago.
Forecasting a £50m reduction across 40 trusts The Times quoted mental health charity Rethink chief executive Paul Jenkins predicting a “revolving door cycle” of hospital admissions.
This seems to contradict the parties’ manifestos on increasing talking therapies – expect rebuttals and a “clarification” or a cross-party wall of silence.
With the dust yet to settle on the volcanic ash story is there still a breakthrough health angle out there?