The National Health

The National Health is British film made in 1973.

It is a dark comedy aimed squarely at the inadequacies of the British National Health Service. Made in 1973, the film is set in a shabby Victorian hospital which is due for demolition, where the staff are overworked and the conditions appalling for both them and the patients. Interwoven with the grittiness of the real ward is the bright, shiny and spotless world portrayed on the ward's only gallerie set where, in countless cliff-hanging episodes of the soap opera Nurse Norton's Affair, there are no suffering patients, just an immaculate cast of doctors and nurses. Based on a West End stage play by Peter Nichols, this is a funny, moving and uncompromising film which brilliantly walks the tightrope between comedy and protest against the system.

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