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Blooming eck, our Vera is Andy Burnham 'special adviser'

The Gurkhas had Joanna Lumley. Now COPD patients have our Vera as their champion. The Coronation Street character came back from the grave to urge the Department of Heath’s top brass to include lung testing in the Government’s new health MOT.

By Ian Quinn

The Gurkhas had Joanna Lumley. Now COPD patients have our Vera as their champion. The Coronation Street character came back from the grave to urge the Department of Heath's top brass to include lung testing in the Government's new health MOT.

Judging by the pictures of her visit to the NHS Innovations Expo, it appears Lord Darzi, Andy Burnham and David Nicholson were left pretty breathless themselves by the experience.

New health secretary Mr Burnham looks like he would be more comfortable standing in the middle of The Kop, whereas poor old Lord Darzi appears close to choking.

At least Mr Nicholson looks like he might be quite at home in the Rovers Return with the Corrie survivors.

However, GPs will no doubt be pleased that ministers have decided to let actress Liz Dawn, who is a real life COPD patient-and unlike her screen self is alive if not entirely kicking-have an influence on Government policy.

Pulse recently revealed that GP could expect a six fold increase in COPD workload under the Government plans, which judging by the photo call would appear a dead cert to happen.

Bookies have also stopped taking bets on Liz joining Joanna in the cabinet as a new special adviser to Andy Burnham.

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