50 Shades of Grey drives holiday take up

Something for the weekend… 

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Some NHS employees have been encouraged to book their holiday allocation now in order to avoid potentially busier times later in the year.

A notice posted in one hospital staff room warned midwives to “book your holiday now” ahead of a rush of births expected nine months after the release of the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The notice, posted on Twitter, stated: “The movie Fifty Shades of Grey is being released 13 February 2015 + 40 weeks = 20 November 2015. Book your annual leave now.”

While hospitals might ban time off for midwives during November, Employee Benefits wonders if the Rugby World Cup might lead to a similar scenario in A and E departments across England later in the year.

These might need all hands on deck to cope with a surge of injuries from wannabe rugby stars inspired to try out the sport.

While staff are used to planning their holidays around colleagues’ preferences, it seems they now have a host of other considerations to take into account based on the year’s key events.