Plain English campaign news articles
NHS communications in poor health
- Created on Thursday, 11 April 2013 21:20
Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton, has rightly savaged NHS Greater Manchester’s hideous and gobbledygook-ridden ‘Healthier Together: Strategic Direction Case’ document.
Mr Stringer describes the paper as “tripe dissolved in twaddle” and goes on to deride it as “the most incomprehensible, opaque and jargon-ridden document I have read in the last 30 years.”
He adds: “The person who wrote it should be sent on a plain English course immediately, unless of course the whole intention was to keep secret the intent to make cuts.”
Perhaps this is the case?
Apostrophe lives to fight again as Plain English Campaign forces rethink
- Created on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:12
Mid Devon District Council leaders have been forced to reconsider banning the apostrophe from street signs in the area.
Plain English Campaign was swift to praise the council for its ‘brave’ decision to reconsider the issue.
‘It‘s a victory for common sense,’ claimed jubilant Plain English Campaign founder Chrissie Maher. ‘You do have to question the good sense of anyone who thinks that confusion can be avoided by messing around with the rules of our language.’
Loss in translation
- Created on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:58
Councils who waste taxpayers’ millions on unnecessary translation have been heavily criticised by a senior government minister.
Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles ridiculed the amounts spent on translation services and bemoaned a culture that could spend £600 on translating a glossy magazine into Urdu for a single complainant.
New corporate membership logo
- Created on Thursday, 07 March 2013 15:35
We have re-designed our corporate membership logo.
If you are a corporate member and would like to receive the updated logo, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your membership number and we will send you an updated copy.
Please note that you are free to continue using the older logo if you wish.
X-rated study on confusing medical terms: Plain English Campaign prescribes cure
- Created on Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:05
Complex medical jargon and unclear diagnoses could put lives at risk, according to new research.
A study has found that nearly half of working-age people cannot understand or use everyday health information.
Those with poor reading skills and the biggest health problems are thought to be most at risk.