Yes Minister, The Compassionate Society, 1981

With the NHS in the news this week, we thought we’d look back to Jim Hackers time as a Government Minister to see how he dealt with NHS problems.

The Compassionate Society was the first episode in the second series of Yes Minister and takes us back 41 years.


Jim Hacker becomes concerned after learning about a brand new, fully staffed hospital that has no patients.

His plans to remedy the situation lead him to learn just how powerful the unions are.







Jim Hacker – Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey Appleby – Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard Wooley – Derek Fowlds


Channel: BBC2
Written By: Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn
Originally Transmitted: 23rd February 1981

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