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Lorraine hit with over 1300 Ofcom complaints as Dr Hilary Jones implores unvaccinated to get jabbed

Lorraine has been hit with over one thousand Ofcom complaints following a discussion with Dr Hilary Jones about the number of unvaccinated people in hospital.

On Monday, the ITV presenter spoke with the television doctor about the latest Covid figures and the booster rollout plan in the fight against the Omicron variant.

Dr Hilary implored unvaccinated people to get jabbed as he claimed 90% of people currently in hospital have yet to have their vaccine.

‘So if you look at first doses and second doses combined, 97million jabs given and 20million boosters,’ he said.

‘The most vulnerable groups, the elderly and those people with pre-existing health conditions, have had their boosters and a lot of people are waiting for their appointment.

‘And the government’s aim is to get everyone boosted by the end of January, who is eligible, so that’s really good news and that will confer a good degree of protection against even Omicron.

Dr Hilary’s comments on Covid hospitalisations sparked backlash (Picture: ITV)

‘Those people who haven’t been vaccinated, we’d really love you to think again and be vaccinated because 90% of people in hospital are unvaccinated.’

Dr Hilary’s comments immediately sparked a backlash online with the television watchdog Ofcom confirming 1,312 people had officially complained.

‘Shame on you Dr Hilary on the Lorraine Kelly show for your blatant mistruth,’ one fumed.

 

 

 

 

 

‘Covid hospitalisations are not 90% unvaccinated, it is vaccinated who dominate the hospitals. Check facts on UK government surveillance publications, it’s all there.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘Ofcom, I’d like to complain about the Lorraine show. Dr Hilary Jones spreading false and misleading information about hospitalisation of covid patients 35% are unvaccinated NOT 90% as Dr Hilary suggested this is false information and can cause great harm.’

‘We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate,’ an Ofcom spokesperson told Metro.co.uk.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.

What is Ofcom and what does it cover?

Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

The watchdog makes sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

Ofcom deals with most content on television, radio and video-on-demand services, including the BBC. However, if your complaint is about something you saw or heard in a BBC programme, you may need to complain to the BBC first.

Its rules for television and radio programmes are set out in the Broadcasting Code.

The rules in the Broadcasting Code also apply to the BBC iPlayer.

This Broadcasting Code is the rule book that broadcasters have to follow and it covers a number of areas, including; protecting the under-18s, protecting audiences from harmful and/or offensive material and ensuring that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.

Audiences can complain to Ofcom if they believe a breach of the Broadcasting Code has been made.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, they assess it to see if it needs further investigation.

If Ofcom decide to investigate, they will include the case in a list of new investigations, published in the Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin.

An investigation is a formal process which can take some time depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

Ofcom can also launch investigations in the absence of a complaint from a viewer or listener.


Credit: Original article published here.

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