Health secretary Frank Dobson, addressing the annual dinner of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee this week, was apparently stung by criticism by one of the guests that he was boring. The committee named West Sussex health authority non-executive Knighton Berry as the culprit. He was unavailable for comment as the Journal went to press. But David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West, who witnessed the outburst, said: 'I have never ever witnessed anything like it before. This man got up, said, 'I've had enough of this, you are boring Frank. I'm off'.'