BBC under fire for airing Legionnaire’s storyline on Holby City
As you’re probably aware from recent news reports, dozens of people in Edinburgh have been struck down with the potentially fatal Legionnaire’s disease, and the BBC are now under fire for airing an episode of Holby City which depicted such an outbreak.
The Daily Record reports, “In the latest episode, a man died after catching the disease while efforts were made to track down the source of the bacteria.”
Yesterday, around 11 viewers contacted the BBC to complain that the episode was “insensitive” in light of the ongoing problem in Scotland.
Scottish MP Steve Cardownie said: “They [the BBC] may well have thought twice if something had happened in London…
“I would have thought there would have been some kind of message at the end.”
A BBC spokesperson responded to the complaints, saying, “Holby City is a topical medical drama series.
“This week’s episode was filmed three months ago and is in no way based on recent events but entirely coincidental.”
The paper concludes, “There are still 41 confirmed and 48 suspected cases. Eleven victims are in intensive care in hospital and 18 are on general wards.”
Do you think it was “insensitive” and in poor taste to air the episode?