Television news

Benefits and Bypasses: Billion Pound Patients

Tuesday 7th April, 9pm on Channel 5

We are a nation of bingers. Our habits are seriously damaging our health – and unless we can sober up, stop smoking and lose weight, the NHS will go bust. The health service is in crisis and heading for a £30 billion funding gap. Now health chiefs have pointed the finger of blame at the those of us who drink, smoke and eat to excess.

Meet the patients who are costing the NHS a fortune. They have been dubbed ‘scroungers’ for expecting the NHS to pick up the pieces of their bad habits, but is this really the case? Did they ever imagine their habits would leave them in need of expensive life-saving treatment?