If you're politician running a distraction, it's not a bad idea to make sure the distraction doesn't end up biting you. Now John Brumby's high-profile opposition to the federal government's health and hospitals has started to focus attention on his own hospital system, which until recently was regarded among most non-expert commentators as the nation's best or close to it.

That was until the Daily Telegraph's Sue Dunlevy stood up yesterday at the Press Club after Brumby's address and produced a strong candidate for best press question of the year.