ITV Lorraine morning show received an Ofcom warning after receiving nearly 4000 complaints from the British viewers regarding the false Covid hospitalisation statistics given by Dr Hillary Jones during the show.
This was a segment that aired on December 6th, 2021 where Lorraine Kelly was discussing the number of unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in the hospital with the resident medical expert Dr Hillary. He was encouraging viewers to get vaccinated.
Dr Hilary said: “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 right now with Covid.”
ITV made a clarification two days later explaining the figures given by Dr Hillary was related to patients in intensive care units but by them]n OfCom had received nearly 4000 complaints.
In a released statement on Monday, Ofcom said:
“This programme incorrectly referenced the proportion of unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in hospital.
“We have told ITV that greater care should be taken by trusted medical experts when presenting facts and figures on public health issues.
“However, given official statistics and research have consistently shown that vaccination against Covid-19 offers greater protection against serious health consequences, we do not consider that the error was sufficient to materially mislead viewers on this main point of discussion.”
In conclusion, Ofcom ruled it would not be launching any further investigation regarding this but has issued ITV “Greater Care” warning.