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Hospital dramas ‘tarnish NHS’s reputation’

18th November 2009

British TV dramas depicting the everyday workings of hospitals are giving the NHS a bad name, it has been claimed.

NHS manager Antony Sumara, writing for the BBC, stated that TV dramas such as Holby City and Casualty promote the idea that staff do not wash their hands, stand around gossiping and put their private lives ahead of their professions.

Mr Sumara heads up the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and is working with it to improve services after a report exposed “appalling” conditions within the organisation, the news provider informs.

In his recent article, the professional argues that it is difficult to convey the responsible attitudes of healthcare figures when such programmes undermine this.

A spokesman for the BBC stated: “Although both programmes are set against the backdrop of a hospital, it’s important to point out that they are fictional dramas where much of action comes from the social interaction.”

Holby City has been running since 1999, while Casualty was first aired on September 6th 1986.

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