The NHS is to be lampooned next month in a new Radio 4 satirical comedy co-written by Dr Phil Hammond.

Titled “Polyoaks”, the four-part series set in an NHS polyclinic focuses on two brothers who struggle to cope with the pressures of handling the clinic’s now-massive commissioning budget.

“Anyone who wants to know what’s really happening to the nation’s health service, but can’t wade through the 367 page Health & Social Care Bill, should listen to Polyoaks,” said a Radio 4 source.

HSJ readers will no doubt be tuning in to find out whether the satirical show actually turns out to be less off the wall than current events in the health service.