Staffing rotas are like Jenga.

Take out a block, and it can all collapse.

According to Sam Lister in last week’s Sunday Times, compiling a hospital department’s staffing rota is now like a game of Jenga. It involves piling up hundreds of ‘shift’ blocks in careful positions to ensure the junior doctors’ working weeks are compliant with the European Union.

This was just one of several examples I came across this week of Jenga being used as a metaphor (or more accurately, as a simile). Others included one in which Charles Kennedy’s tie is accused of looking like it had been ‘the victim of a terrible Jenga accident’ (Guardian 8th Sept).

Spot the new Jenga metaphor has become a game in itself.

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