“Christmas Eve top day of the year for NHS births - Boxing Day is bottom,” announced the NHS Information Centre last week.

Beneath the jolly veneer it was pretty surprising - were women being induced or C-sectioned inappropriately, or just making the effort to pop them out in time to prepare the turkey?

But by 2pm red faced statisticians were forced to issue a notice saying: “CORRECTION: In fact the days referred to were those with the highest number of discharges following birth.” The report has now been withdrawn from publication until it is corrected.