Chilling scene in ITV's Covid drama Breathtaking shows sobbing medics turn off ... trends now

Chilling scene in ITV's Covid drama Breathtaking shows sobbing medics turn off ... trends now
Chilling scene in ITV's Covid drama Breathtaking shows sobbing medics turn off ... trends now

Chilling scene in ITV's Covid drama Breathtaking shows sobbing medics turn off ... trends now

Hauntingly realistic scenes in tonight's Breathtaking episode depict medics being confronted over the disastrous Covid discharge policy, which is blamed for killing thousands of care home residents.  

In ITV's gripping three-part drama illustrating the horrors NHS workers endured in the pandemic, Dr Abbey Henderson is forced to send an elderly man back into the struggling care sector without testing him. 

Under guidance designed to free up NHS beds ahead of an expected Covid wave, thousands of unswabbed hospitalised patients were discharged into care homes – despite them being potentially infected.

Just days later, Dr Henderson – played by Joanne Froggatt – is branded a 'murderer' by a woman whose father is the eleventh Covid case in the home since the infected patient was discharged. Seven of those residents died. 

Although Downton Abbey star Froggatt's character is made-up, the powerful scripts in the drama are not.

Later the same episode — the second to air — features an equally upsetting scene which TV critics have described as 'so realistic it will break your heart'.

Later the same episode — the second to air — features an equally upsetting scene which TV critics have described as 'so realistic it will break your heart'. The first episode saw young healthcare assistant Divina start to show signs of having Covid when caring for patients. Minutes later, Divina – of an Hispanic background – is stretchered into her own ward (pictured) after deteriorating rapidly. She is whisked into intensive care and placed in an induced coma

Later the same episode — the second to air — features an equally upsetting scene which TV critics have described as 'so realistic it will break your heart'. The first episode saw young healthcare assistant Divina start to show signs of having Covid when caring for patients. Minutes later, Divina – of an Hispanic background – is stretchered into her own ward (pictured) after deteriorating rapidly. She is whisked into intensive care and placed in an induced coma

Tonight, Dr Henderson and her colleagues are left with no option but to tearfully call Divina's partner to break the news that palliative care is the only option. After making the agonising decision to switch off her ventilator, Dr Henderson sobs as she accompanies a nurse to Divina's room for a final time

Tonight, Dr Henderson and her colleagues are left with no option but to tearfully call Divina's partner to break the news that palliative care is the only option. After making the agonising decision to switch off her ventilator, Dr Henderson sobs as she accompanies a nurse to Divina's room for a final time

As each piece of equipment is switched off one by one, a nurse reads heartbreaking messages of love to Divina written by colleagues and family members. It is Dr Henderson's responsibility to then share the news among staff (pictured)

As each piece of equipment is switched off one by one, a nurse reads heartbreaking messages of love to Divina written by colleagues and family members. It is Dr Henderson's responsibility to then share the news among staff (pictured)

The first episode, which aired Monday, saw young healthcare assistant Divina start to show signs of having Covid when caring for patients.

She was exposed to Covid as hospital teams struggled to get hold of adequate PPE and was forced to fashion her own from bin bags.

Minutes later, Divina – of an Hispanic background – is stretchered into her own ward after deteriorating rapidly. She is whisked into intensive care and placed in an induced coma. 

Tonight, Dr Henderson and her colleagues are left with no option but to tearfully call Divina's partner to break the news that palliative care is the only option.

After making the agonising decision to switch off her ventilator, Dr Henderson sobs as she accompanies a nurse to Divina's room for a final time. 

As each piece of equipment is switched off one by one, a nurse reads heartbreaking messages of love to Divina written by colleagues and family members. 

It is Dr Henderson's responsibility to then share the news among staff.

The much-loved colleague's funeral, watched on Zoom by hospital staff, showcased the reality for families who lost loved ones during the darkest spell of the pandemic. 

Breathtaking's plot all happens through Dr Henderson's eyes at one fictional city hospital in England. 

Tonight's episode, called Delay, covers the critical month of April 2020, weeks into the UK's first full lockdown

Following the fallout of Dr Henderson's devastating discharge decision, the drama sees herself and colleague Dr Ant Vyas, a medical registrar, meet the hospital CEO. 

But they lay the blame squarely with 'orders' from the Department of Health. 

Archival footage of Matt Hancock, then-Health Secretary, later falsely assures the public everything is under control.

'Even if there were enough tests for clinically well people, it takes five days to get results back. We can't wait that long,' the CEO says. 

In December, in front of the Covid inquiry, Mr Hancock defended the contentious policy, arguing every decision on discharging care home patients in the pandemic was 'a choice between difficult options'.

He said: 'The only choice is between bad options here.

'I fear that if we had left those patients in

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