Release date1973 WriterPeter Nichols (play), Peter Nichols (screenplay) CastLynn Redgrave (Nurse Sweet / Nurse Betty Martin), Eleanor Bron (Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd), Jim Dale (Barnet / Dr. Neil Boyd), Donald Sinden (Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd), Mervyn Johns (Rees), Bob Hoskins (Foster) Similar moviesRelated Jack Gold movies
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The National Health is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Jack Gold and starring Lynn Redgrave, Colin Blakely and Eleanor Bron. It is based on the play The National Health by Peter Nichols, in which the staff struggle to cope in an underfunded NHS hospital. The film satirically interweaves the story of the real hospital with a fantasy hospital which exists in a soap-opera world where all the equipment is new and patients are miraculously cured - although the only "patients" seen are doctors or nurses who are themselves part of the soap opera plots. In the real hospital, the patients die while the out-of-touch administrators focus on impressing foreign visitors.