Insinuation abounded over how local government secretary Hazel Blears and health minister Ivan Lewis had avoided losing maternity services on their patch - proposals both had publicly opposed.
'Blears' backyard dodges cuts to maternity units' proclaimed The Daily Mail.
The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives stuck to the clinical arguments - but the Mail was clearly thrilled with a quote from Tory shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley that MPs who had 'Gordon Brown on their speed dial' were at a clear advantage.
Health secretary Alan Johnson was 'sneaky', argued The Sun, saying the two ministers had 'dodged NHS closures on their doorsteps'.
Ms Blears was 'delighted', it said - but there was a 'bad smell' to the issue: 'Is it really a coincidence both are marginal constituencies represented by government ministers?'
The ministers had been spared their seats by Mr Johnson's decision, it added, asking: 'Are your maternity units safe only if your MP is mates with the health secretary?'
The Express afforded it just six paragraphs, but that was enough room for a 'hypocrisy' jibe.
Meanwhile, hsj.co.uk's exclusive online investigation into the care of mental health patients convicted of murder or manslaughter was a hot topic of discussion on Radio 5 Live, Sky News and Radio 4's PM show.