As you do, I was half-listening to an article on the radio this morning as I struggled to drag my unwilling carcass out of bed. It was about how the UK was lagging well behind other developed countries when it came to spotting and successfully treating various types of cancer. What made me sit up and take notice was a quote from (I believe) a NHS spokesman who stated that research had shown that for every 6 miles you lived away from a cancer treatment hospital, your chances of survival decreased by 1%. What?! Can someone please explain to me why we are employing people to come up with these meaningless statistics? It is not only in the NHS, as I have heard similar spokesmen (sorry, spokespersons) spout the same kind of statistical drivel about traffic levels, speed cameras etc etc. Call me naive, but maybe if we were to significantly reduce this type of bureaucracy, there would be more money to go around for something like, oh, I don't know, the treatment of cancer, say?