The National Health (film)

The National Health is a 1973 British comedy film directed by Jack Gold and starring Lynn Redgrave, Colin Blakely and Eleanor Bron.[1] It is based on the play The National Health by Peter Nichols, in which the staff struggle to cope in a 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.

The National Health
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack Gold
Produced byTerry Glinwood
Ned Sherrin
Written byPeter Nichols (play)
StarringLynn Redgrave
Colin Blakely
Eleanor Bron
Donald Sinden
Jim Dale
Music byCarl Davis
CinematographyJohn Coquillon
Edited byRalph Sheldon
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
Running time
95 min
CountryUnited Kingdom



  1. "The National Health (1973)". Retrieved 13 August 2018.

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