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Who Cares: the play that puts the NHS under the knife

This play should be very interesting to watch! 

How do you make a play about something as vast as the NHS and its 1.6 million workers? As playwright Michael Wynne explains, you need to speak to nurses, executives and whistleblowers – and drink a lot of tea

In the summer of 2012, a close relative of Michael Wynne’s was rushed into intensive care. Shortly afterwards, the playwright found himself watching the surreally brilliant moment in Danny Boyle’s Olympics opening ceremony, in which swing-dancing medics and pyjama-wearing children celebrated the achievements of the NHS. He shakes his head at the memory. “I just burst out crying when I saw that. Partly, it was what was going on with my family, but it was also this huge emotional connection. Then I wondered: what is it about the NHS?”

Wynne’s relative recovered (“he had amazing care”), but the seed was planted. What would it be like to write a play examining the NHS’s inner workings, not a doctors-and-nurses drama, but something that delved into the big questions: how it functions, who pays for it, how has it changed, can it survive? Few issues loom so large, particularly in election season, or fire such debate. Some believe the NHS is unsustainable, while others won’t hear a bad word said against it. Free-marketeers argue that private healthcare will improve outcomes, while others believe former health secretary Andrew Lansley should be strung up for instigating the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, a costly restructuring whose benefits are still unclear. “Everyone has a view,” says Wynne. “It’s one of the last black-and-white political subjects.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/apr/05/who-cares-michael-wynne-nhs-royal-court-london

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