Nuisance caller

November 29, 2002

John Hutton was reminiscing on his appointment as health minister as he launched the University of the National Health Service's development plan last week. He was visiting a secure psychiatric hospital in Vermont in the US, when the reshuffle was announced. He said: "I was being shown round this hospital when the director was asked to take an urgent call. I could see things were not going well and the director finally put the phone down in exasperation. 'Just someone claiming to be the prime minister of Britain,' he said."

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