Relishing media coverage

Posted: July 7, 2010

A back catalogue title from UK film producers Relish could be set to soar back up the best-selling charts following recent exposure. A number of media organizations, including the BBC, have reported that a London hospital hired out a fully equipped, but empty at the time, ward to Relish where it shot Irregular Practice 2: Open Leg Surgery.

Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt said the movie generated ‘substantial income’ for the hospital. Speaking earlier this week during a House of Commons debate on improving transparency in government accounting, the Portsmouth North MP said: “When I was director of Kensington and Chelsea Council, I discovered that one of our local hospitals was hiring out one of its closed – but fully-equipped – wards to a film company to use as a film set. 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. But apart from cheering up a few of the in-patients, it cannot be said to be contributing to the objectives of the primary care trust.”

The incident reportedly took place prior to 2002.