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Under the Knife - A film Screening, jointly hosted by Psychologists for Social Change NI and NIBPS

05 March 2020 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This event is open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing Tab for more information.
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Registration Deadline: 2 March

Narrated by award-winning actor, Alison Steadman, and endorsed by film director, Ken Loach, Under the Knife is a 90-minute documentary that tells the story of how Britain’s publicly funded national healthcare system has been systematically dismantled and undermined.

Under the Knife has recently been screened in 50 venues - locations include London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Brighton.

The film outlines how, from its stormy birth, through seven decades of turmoil and political warfare, the NHS has withstood almost everything that has confronted it – until now.

“Films, like words, can be weapons. This film is a weapon in our struggle to save the NHS. There should be details of the film in every hospital reception, every GP’s waiting room, every community centre,” said Bafta winning director, Ken Loach.

“After a successful crowdfunding campaign and branch donations from UNITE, UNISON and TUC, we are taking the film into hospitals, universities and to a cinema near you,” said the film’s producer, Pamela Kleinot.

Former journalist, Kleinot, who worked in the NHS for many years as a psychotherapist, witnessed endless re-organisations, cuts and closures added that “I experienced the surveillance, targets for staff and uncertainty that resulted from funding increasingly being cut,”.

It was this that spurred her on to make the film.

Please note: this is a one-off, free screening, and will be followed by an expert panel discussion hosted by Psychologists for Social Change NI and British Psychological Society NI.

For further information see the Programme Tab


Room OG 012, 
Keir Building, 
Queen's University Belfast, 
Stranmillis Road 

Event Location: 
Arrival 17:30 - 18:00
Screening & Discussion 18:00 - 20:30

More about the film:

In Under the Knife, Emmy award-winning director Susan Steinberg and Pamela Kleinot uncover the covert, creeping privatisation of the NHS in the past three decades, culminating in the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which opened the floodgates to private companies. “Like many people, I wanted to understand how we got into the mess we are into today and what we can do about it. Focusing on the NHS, the institution that has been called our national religion, Under the Knife tells that story. It’s vital to understand the problems and solutions to an institution that has reached breaking point.... an institution that is fundamental to our democracy” said director Susan Steinberg.

The film ends on hope, illustrating how communities, health care professionals and campaigners have successfully fought to defend hospitals and services threatened with closure through the courts, in council chambers and on the streets. In March this year, Keep Our NHS Public campaigners had a victory. They saved Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals after seven years of struggle. They have followed in the footsteps of the people of Lewisham who also won against the government. The battle rages on as hospitals and GP surgeries around the country close or are at serious risk, while private companies are creeping into the system, most disgracefully in mental health. Tony O'Sullivan, Co-Chair of Keep Our NHS Public, added: "This is the best film around on the NHS. Under the Knife shows the vital importance of the NHS to society and exposes the dark threats facing it. But most important of all, the film gives hope to those who are campaigning to keep the NHS safe for our children. You just have to see it." Using interviews and archive footage, the film charts the history of the NHS, from when it arose out of the ashes of post-war Britain to today. Importantly, the documentary has been informed by ordinary people working in the NHS who recognise the urgent need for change.

This event is free to attend and is open to members of the Society and the general public.

Registration information

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