a key understanding of one of Britain’s most renowned institutions

a key understanding of one of Britain's most renowned institutions

Last month the BBC screened Care, a drama about the state’s failing provision for dementia sufferers. Its author Jimmy McGovern reserved his largest lashing of sarcasm for the NHS job title known as a “discharge liaison officer”. In the latest edition of Hospital (BBC Two) there was a key role for someone working as a discharge planner. Same job, nearly the same job title, but this was a more generous treatment.

Hospital is now into the fourth series of what is becoming a long-term collaboration between the UK’s two most renowned institutions, each beloved but struggling to match the expectations placed upon them. The BBC’s ongoing X-ray of the NHS has brought it to Liverpool, where the same…

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