Vital SignsBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7213.860 (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:860
- Hilary Scott, deputy health service ombudsman,
- Gerry Bennett, consultant physician and reader, healthcare of the elderly
- St Bartholomew's and The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry
10 45 am and 7 45 pm, 13 September to 8 October, BBC Radio 4
What do everyday country folk make of the Archers? Do they mutter about Tony's planting decisions, spot inconsistencies in the interpretation of MAFF rulings? Or do they just enjoy the story? NHS “insiders” may want to sit back and enjoy the story unfolding on BBC Radio 4's new drama serial, Vital Signs, which is set in a general hospital and follows the work and life of its chief executive. They might find it hard, at the start anyway, to resist logging the consistencies with their own experience and, of course, the departures from them.
The early episodes join the hospital's chief executive, Carol Weaver, in everyday situations: coping with a broken down car and an unsympathetic partner, being stopped on the stairs about funding for equipment, steering the local MP around the hospital, picking up an evening phone …