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C4 picks up “Confessions of a Junior Doctor”

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 ...
February 21, 2017

UK network Channel 4 has picked up the docuseries Confessions of a Junior Doctora 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.

David Clews and Grace Reynolds are the executive producers on Confessions of a Junior Doctor.

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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