UK network Channel 4 has picked up the docuseries Confessions of a Junior Doctor—a show that follows a group of young doctors trying to cope with the pressures of their profession in the National Health Service.
Filmed over four months in Northampton General Hospital, the series follows the staff that serve the local population that is increasing, but has little additional support for beds or more doctors.
The staff of 210 junior doctors ranges from first-year recruits, straight out of medical school, to senior registrars on the verge of becoming consultants trying to manage their work-life balance.
There are over 60, 000 junior doctors working in our NHS hospitals. The are on the front lines of hospital care, and the future of UK’s health services, but they are working in a system that is facing record patient numbers. With more being asked of junior doctors in the hospitals as their services became increasingly stretched, they struck in 2016 when the government imposed a new contract.
“Channel 4 documentaries have a proud tradition of revealing intimate insights into modern life and major social institutions from hospital wards to school classrooms. At a time when junior doctors and the state of the NHS have found themselves at the head of the news agenda we have been given privileged access to go beyond the headlines and explore the reality of the day to day functioning of a major hospital and see the reality of life on the ward. This series is timely and raises important issues about the state of our health services,” said Amy Flanagan (pictured), commissioning editor, C4, in a statement.