When the opposition challenges the Minister's claims in the House that administrative personnel in the health sector have been reduced by 11%, he too quickly agrees to an independent inquiry. Sir Humphrey's solution is to offer the chairmanship of the inquiry to someone hoping to score brownie points with the government. The Minister is concerned when he learns that a brand new hospital has been open for 15 months and has yet to admit a patient despite having over 500 administrative personnel on staff. His attempts to either open the hospital to the public or cut the administrative staff, are blocked at every turn until he comes up with a unique solution
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The union representative, Billy Fraser, is based on Jamie Morris, who was the union shop steward at the Westminster Hospital during the "Winter of Discontent" in early 1979. See more
Jim Hacker's desk in his office has drawers both on the side on which he sits and the other side also. It is clearly a partner's desk, designed to be used by two people facing each other. However, as the government minister, there is no reason why Jim would have such a desk. Neither Sir Humphrey nor Bernard work at the same desk or even in the same office as Jim Hacker. See more
Sir Ian Whitchurch
[to Sir Humphrey
First of all you have to sort out the smooth running of the hospital. Having patients around would be no help at all.