Managers may be tempted to swell trust coffers by taking a punt on health secretary Alan Johnson to be prime minister, with most papers quoting odds of six to one to replace Gordon Brown.

But his party is under fire for "losing" 32,000 hospital beds since it came to power.

"The cutbacks mean increasing numbers of hospitals are going on 'black alert' - which involves closing their doors to new patients because they are full," reported The Sunday Telegraph.

On the public health front, there was plenty of coverage of government plans to ban cigarette displays in shops and soaring hospital admissions linked to alcohol.

There was also concern a British Heart Foundation ad campaign urging people to ring 999 if they experience chest pains - featuring a man crushed around the chest by a belt - might prompt panic.

The Daily Star quoted an NHS spokeswoman who admitted: "If you experience discomfort in your chest, it could simply mean that your burger has gone down the wrong way."

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement chief executive Bernard Crump gave managers a plug in The Times. When it comes to spreading good practice "a lot of it is down to the passion, the motivation and skills of key leaders", he said.

And The Sun told the tale of NHS workers who replaced a recorded "wash your hands" message with the sound of someone breaking wind. Two doctors and a porter at United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust were "spoken to", reported the paper.