It has been announced that Casualty and Holby City will donate equipment from their sets to the NHS to help out during the Coronavirus crisis.
Nobody has yet questioned if equipment from make believe land is suitable in a real life medical environment.
The next step is expected to be the actors themselves being seen on wards up and down the country. This is because the actors are convinced that they are actually doctors and they believe that this is how they become the best actor or doctor they can be. They are expected to perform tasks ranging from the menial to surgery for the more experienced actors.
Production on both programmes has been suspended due to Coronavirus.
The actors now have a lot of time on their hands and are here to help the nation. One actor said, “I have been a doctor now for about 20 weeks a year for the last 5 years intermittently, and last summer I was also a very successful politician during the early 20th Century. If that doesn’t make me qualified for the job then I don’t know what will.”
There have been calls for retired doctors to return to work and medical students to be given jobs.
Another actor who is a medical student on Holby City insisted he was ready for the step up. He told us, “If students are to be given jobs then I am ready. Whilst I was a student I had a project where I was a horse, and for that week I literally was a horse – I neighed, I ate hay and I galloped around the meadows at sunset.”
The government has also asked for 250,000 volunteers for the NHS.
It is not known if the actors come under the volunteer category but normally the artform is more important than the money is to them. That is true until a big director comes and offers them a big part.