We're living in a country with an atrocious education system, and not a sniff of a decent health service. Whose fault is it? Tony Blair's? 'The Economy'? The Daily Mail? Christ no, it's those damn teenagers (again).
Channel 4 has helpfully produced a programme with a not-at-all-blinkered insight into a hospital ward full of the type of louts you see stumbling around the city centre of [insert town here] on a Friday night. Not only are they drinking themselves silly and pumping their veins full of smack, they're using out hospitals to fix them so they can go out to do it all over again the following week. Thanks to 'The Hospital', we know who to squarely blame for our health crisis.
Luckily, their researchers seem to have misplaced the facts and figures about what is draining the NHS. I guess it would spoil their angle a little. Dare I say it, I think they consciously decided to omit the stuff that contradicted them. Like that the majority of alcoholics (you know, the ones that need new livers and the like) are middle-aged, middle-class adults. Nah, can't remember them mentioning that. Or that 50% of smokers die from their habit, usually needing several operations and frequent hospital care during their lifetimes? Darn, they forgot that too. Careful, soon people might start to think this educational piece of television is in some way biased.
Luckily, teenagers won't be offended by this media hyperbole, because they're too busy out drinking themselves to death and stabbing strangers in a drug-fuelled frenzy, rather than watching documentaries like this. To hell with it, let's raise those top-up fees! That'll teach the little bastards.