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Nation’s Health, The

Synopsis
Drama series produced by Verity Lambert and written by G.F. Newman with the aim of highlighting the failings of the NHS. Screened in 1983, when the consequences of NHS spending cuts were becoming increasingly apparent and for-profit culture loomed large, The Nation’s Health detailed the dismaying experiences of a young, newly qualified female doctor; it also questioned what Newman sees as the inherently damaging doctor-patient relationship, and dramatised a disturbing loss of humanity within the medical profession. Underlining the intent to encourage wider debate, a televised studio discussion followed each episode.

As well as spending several months as a trainee nurse, closely observing procedure in wards and admin departments to gain insight into his subject, Newman cast qualified nurses and actors with first-hand experience in medicine. The result is an impassioned investigative drama filmed in a documentary style, portraying an institution which many people at the time saw as being in terminal decline.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
1983
Subjects
Social Studies; Health Education; Media studies
Keywords
hospital management; hospitals; National Health Service; social issues

Credits

Producer
Verity Lambert
Writer
G. F. Newman

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£8.40
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
350 minutes
Year
2014

Production Company

Name

Euston Films

Notes
Production company set up in the 1970s as a wholly owned subsidiary of Thames TV to make drama on film.

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.

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