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The politics of crisis, care, and vulnerability in “this is going to hurt (2022)”

Gibbs, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7961-8206 (2024). The politics of crisis, care, and vulnerability in “this is going to hurt (2022)”. Feminist Media Studies, doi: 10.1080/14680777.2024.2304229


This article explores themes of crisis, care and vulnerability in the 2022 BBC series This is Going to Hurt. Arguing the series is significant within the genre of medical-themed television because of its complex representation of a “broken” NHS, the article analyses the ongoing, gendered and racialised dimensions of the public healthcare crisis it depicts. Despite the series concluding that the NHS holds the potential to provide universal care in the future, such a promise rests on eliding the unequal and precarious institutional realities the series has revealed. This suggests a feminist analysis is essential for diagnosing the gendered and racialised forms of labour and recognition within the healthcare system and resisting the differentiated forms of precarity a discourse of crisis can exploit and obscure.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Publisher Keywords: Care, crisis, Vulnerability, NHS, medical television
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs
School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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