GPs have again called for NHS reforms to be abandoned as it emerged that they would assume responsibility for writing all TV medical dramas.
‘I don’t think the Government has thought this through properly,’ grumbled Bristol GP Dr Tony Parkin. ‘I’ve got no writing experience, yet I’m expected to write the script for an entire episode of Holby City. I’ve scribbled down one draft, but my doctors spend their time doing medicine rather than sticking their noses in other people’s business, arguing and having affairs. It’s the viewers that will suffer.’
Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley defended the plans, arguing that the changes put decision-making powers back in the hands of viewers. ‘GPs will be fully accountable,’ he said. ‘If you think it was just a bit too obvious that the bloke trying to mend his chainsaw at the start of Casualty will end up cutting his arm off, you can make an appointment and let him know.’