Whilst reading various articles on The Independent website this afternoon I noticed a link with the words, ‘Porn film shot in London hospital’ and I had clicked on that link in lightning speed. The article itself is a rather short one but in brief Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt claims that in her previous position she had come to learn of a Hospital in Kensington & Chelsea having hired out one of it’s closed wards to a film company and they in turn shot an adult film there.
Now forgive me if I’m wrong here but where is the problem with this? The ward was closed and had been shut down. The local NHS trust got a significant fee for the hiring of their premises that will have helped to pay in a very small way for patient care. If the hospital had thrown all the patients out of an open ward to allow a film crew in there then yes that would be an issue but this was a completely closed and shut down ward.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, the MP said, “To add insult to injury, the movie was a pornographic one. Although I cannot claim to have seen the final picture – as I understand, these things are no longer claimable on parliamentary expenses – it was a big-budget affair and generated substantial income for the hospital.”. ‘Insult to injury?’ Excuse me? What does in matter if the film was a porno or the latest Harry Potter movie? It makes zero difference to the situation. Zero.
All I’ve learnt from reading this story is that the local NHS trust either had or acted upon a good idea that would enable them to stretch their budget and that in public Penny Mordaunt is a prude.
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