Public service broadcasting

Tom Tytherleigh
26 February 2016

The NHS.

Precious national treasure, or rusty public sinkhole?

Standard bearer or falling standards?

Groundbreaking, broken?

Cameron or Corbyn?

Jeremy Hunt or the junior doctors?

An institution so red-raw from political tug of war, that sometimes you forget: behind all  the stone cold statistics are a lot of late nights, frantic procedures, and living, breathing, human beings. 1.3 million of them.

But there’s a new set of videos to remind us of that.

Confessions from A&E is a series of short stories, told by doctors on the front line. Honest anecdotes and steely admissions. Farce and tragedy, in equal measure.

There’s the surgeon made to operate at the risk of being shot:

The enthusiastic young medic, compelled to scratch an itch:

And the doctor given a lesson in love from a bereaved 90-year old lady:

Part of the Guardian’s bid to tell the human story of the NHS, these videos focus on some of its most compelling aspects.

They bring charismatic narrators to the fore, and don’t feel written. The production doesn’t try too hard. The storytelling doesn’t interfere with the story. So they feel persuasive without even trying.

Gripping. And poignant. Here’s the full set.

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