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I look forward to the British Film Institute season of television
programmes and panel discussions in May about representaiton of the NHS on
In 1994 I asked 45 hopsital based traines if they thought the
programme Cardiac Arrest was a realistic portrayl of life as a junior
doctor(1). The majority thought it was realistic except for the sexual
relationships which some thought were realistic and some did not(1).
I observe that the working conditions are still not ideal, despite
the reduction in hours worked, and believe this is due to problems with
continity of care. I think this is not yet adequately outlined in today's
dramas and documentaries.
1) Television programme's realism. Rickenbach MA. BMJ 1994;309:132