Excellent film about promises made about the National Health Service which have not been met.
THE DOCTOR'S PROTEST
Excellent footage of Doctors going about their business and good narration. Doctors are protesting about lack of funds. Intertitle reads: "Rising costs force Britain's medical profession to demand a square deal."
GV. Exterior of Ministry of Health. SV. Sir Russell Brain leaving the Ministry. SV. Photographers. SV. Group of three doctors. Left to right. Doctor Cameron, Doctor Davies and Doctor Wand.
SV. Interior of office. Girl stamping National Insurance cards. CU. Girl. CU. Stamping man's Insurance card with a 12s.6d. stamp. LV. Exterior Chemists shop. Man entering holding child. CU. Sign on glass:- National Health Dispensing. SV. Interior chemists shop. Man holding child entering. He walks up to the girl assistant. CU. Man hands over prescription together with 2s. Assistant walks with prescription. CU. Sign in chemists shop: -Payment of charges for National Health Service Prescriptions etc. SV. Girl assistant putting into bag the two articles as per prescription. STV. Assistant hands the prescription over to the customer.
GV. Exterior of Harley Street. CU. Sign:- Harley Street, LV. Doctor's house in Harley Street. GV. Exterior town Doctors Surgery. STV. Interior. Dr. Faulkner sitting at his desk writing out prescription. SV. Patient giving details of herself to the receptionist. SCU. Receptionist taking out file from a mass of other files of the patient's details. SV. Doctor's assistant (nurse) attending to woman's leg in surgery. At 162 Dr. Faulkner comes into the picture and checks over the woman's injured leg. At 173 he walks out of picture. SV. Dr. Faulkner sitting at his desk. At 182 Bill Symon comes into picture and asks the Doctor at 181 "How do you feel about this personally?"
"Well my own feeling and I think the feeling of most general practitioners is one of frustration and disillusionment We just feel let down. Certain promises were made to us when we come into the National Health Service in 1948 and they simply have not been kept. " CU. Dr. Faulkner with Bill Symon asking question: "How does this situation affect the patients?" "Well the first thing is that no general practitioner is going to do anything which will harm the interests of his patients, but inevitably if this situation is to continue we are going to have to limit the development in the way of extra staff, equipment, improving our premises which has been going on steadily since the Health Service began. And in addition many of the particularly younger general practitioners are beginning to think about emigrating to other countries and I think this process if continued with is bound to effect the Service.
GV. Exterior country village. GV. Thatched cottage. Doctor's home in country. SV. Interior: Bill Symon interviewing a country Doctor (live sound). GV. Exterior of a London hospital. SV. Interior: Doctor in operating theatre looking at X-ray photographs of patient about to be operated on. CU. Doctor looking at X-ray photographs. CU. Doctor with mask over face turns away from X-ray photographs to operating table. LV. Surgeons and nurses round operating table. Operation in progress. FCU. Surgeons face showing eyes and mask round face. TV. Operation in progress. GV. Exterior pan of the railway crash at Harroweald. LV. Doctors and rescuers around wreckage. SV. Injured underneath with wreckage. CU. Injured man laying under the wreckage. SV. Doctors helping trying to move wreckage. SCU. Ditto. SV. Injured man being taken away on stretcher at 400 he is given a lighted cigarette to smoke. He is carried away. SV. Pan country Doctors car arriving on site. C.U.B.M.A. badge on radiator of car. LV. Doctor walks away from car to proceed up muddy lane to house. CU. Doctor's feet walking through mud and slush. SBV. Country Doctor walking up muddy roadway. (Neg.)