After nearly 4,000 complaints, Ofcom issues a warning to Lorraine on ITV.


After nearly 4,000 complaints, Ofcom issues a warning to Lorraine on ITV.

Despite receiving over 4,000 complaints in a week after making a false claim about the number of unvaccinated covid-19 patients in hospital, Ofcom will not investigate the ITV show Lorraine.

Despite receiving just shy of 4,000 complaints, Ofcom has confirmed that they will not investigate the popular ITV show Lorraine after they incorrectly referenced the number of unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in hospital.

After the broadcast, the independent media regulators, which deals with complaints about radio and television shows in the UK, received a total of 3,833 complaints from angry viewers.

Dr Hilary, the show’s health pundit, claimed that 90% of people in hospitals are unvaccinated during the Covid-related chat, which aired on December 6.

This has since been proven to be false, and the producers of the daytime show have been issued a strong warning by the television regulators.

“This program referred to the proportion of unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in hospital incorrectly,” they said.

“We told ITV that trusted medical experts should be more cautious when presenting facts and figures on public health issues,” the statement said.

“However, given that official statistics and research consistently show that vaccination against Covid-19 provides greater protection against serious health consequences, we do not believe the error was sufficient to materially mislead viewers on this main point of discussion.”

“Those who haven’t been vaccinated, we’d really love you to think again and be vaccinated,” Dr Hilary said on the show.

“That’s a figure we need to focus on, 90% of people in hospitals haven’t been vaccinated,” Lorraine responded.

Viewers flocked to Twitter to express their displeasure with the TV doctor’s incorrect statistics, and to correct him online.

“A figure to focus on because it’s factually incorrect from @DrHilaryJones,” one user wrote.

‘Only 36% of Covid hospital patients have been vaccinated, not 90%.’

They then attached data from the United Kingdom’s Health Security Agency, claiming that it publishes weekly vaccination statuses of cases, admissions, and deaths.

“So the big question is, why are these people on TV and in the media constantly lying?” exclaimed another viewer.

Later in the episode, Lorraine provided an update on the figures, saying, “Dr Hilary said that 90% of Covid patients in hospital were unvaccinated.”

“We should point out that this represents 90% of people who are terminally ill and receiving the most specialized care.”

Martin Kemp of the Spandau Ballet was also on the show.

The news is summarized on Brinkwire.


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