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it’s back, still baffling, and the NHS should be very worried

embarrassing body (Channel 4) has amazed me for years. It’s a show starring people who are said to be too embarrassed to see their GP for a certain illness, but are still happy to have their stories aired on national television to an audience of millions. And I mean really, get her bits out. After watching this week’s episode, I could confidently recognize Sam by her vagina alone.

And of course there are people who just tune in to the show to gawk. But it’s not an unashamedly lecherous exercise – unlike, say, Naked Attraction, which turned out to be the final nail in Channel 4’s coffin. It fulfills an important public law function. Because there will be viewers at home suffering from embarrassing conditions; Discussing these things must help remove the stigma, make those affected feel less alone and hopefully encourage them to seek medical treatment.

So hats off to the contributors, whatever their motivation. I now suspect that part of the motivation is that the program organizes private treatments and rushes patients to a Harley Street consultant before they are scheduled for surgery. Because, and this was probably not the original intention, Embarrassing Bodies does not present the NHS in the best light.

Two of the people featured here — Sam, who had lived for decades with a painful genital condition called lichen sclerosus, and Ethan, whose cholesteatoma was leaking pus from his ear and ruined his life for the past seven years — had been treated in the past ( presumably with the NHS), but were still suffering. Private treatment solved both problems – in Ethan’s case with surgery and in Sam’s case with some stunning plasma injections.

A third contributor had undergone gastric bypass surgery but was left with an unsightly “skin apron” that left her depressed. She also ended up having an operation.

The show’s resident doctors – ‘three of Britain’s best GPs’, it says here – also spend part of their working lives in private practice (one of them is an NHS GP part of the week and a Harley Street beauty doctor). the rest). Embarrassing bodies reveal more about the state of healthcare than he realizes.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/embarrassing-bodies-series-4-review-back-still-baffling-nhs/ it’s back, still baffling, and the NHS should be very worried

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