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They say the camera never lies….

Call me stupid, naive, or just plain gullible but my assumptions about the workings of the hospital environment have largely been based on what I’ve seen on TV. Just to be clear though, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I expected A&E to be just like Holby City or general practice to resemble anything that goes on in Doctors. However, when a certain programme (I’ll let you read between the lines) following the trials and tribulations of a group F1s and F2s aired, I was hooked – mainly because I thought it would give me an idea of what was yet to come.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that what I have witnessed so far has been nothing of the sort. *breathes a huge sigh of relief*

Whilst classed as a ‘factual’ programme, I am more inclined to describe the show as a documentary which has been skilfully edited. The result? An entertainment programme which bares more resemblance to the reality television shows filmed in Chelsea and Essex than to the National Health Service.

Do you think that I’m being too harsh? This is not a criticism of the doctors who participated in the show. I am sure that they are much more composed, skilful and mature than they were portrayed to be. I’ve spent the last fortnight trying to get to grips with the workings of the hospital I’m placed at. Since being there, I have yet to meet a junior doctor (in case you haven’t got it yet, there’s your hint) who hasn’t carried themselves with true professionalism, knowledge and skill. Thank goodness for that. In three years, I hope to be exactly the same.

Having said that, I’d quite like to start watching House – just because I’m in awe of Hugh Laurie.