August 20, 2008 / 8:42 AM / 10 years ago

"Grey's Anatomy," "ER" draw objections in Italy

ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - Television programs with medical and hospital themes get so many details wrong, according to a leading Italian medical group, that Italy’s main broadcasters should refrain from airing them.

"Grey's Anatomy" stars (L-R) Katherine Heigl, Ellen Pompeo, Sara Ramirez, Chandra Wilson, Kate Walsh and Sandra Oh pose backstage after winning the award for best television series - drama at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Annalisa Silvestro, president of the National Federation of Medical Colleges, said that offending programs include imported fare such as “ER,” “House,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scrubs,” along with a host of Italian-made productions, several of which are scheduled to premiere with state broadcaster RAI or Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset when new schedules start in September.

The Order of Medical Professionals of Rome echoed that view.

“These programs are teaching viewers inaccurate views on medicine,” Silvestro said. “They are spreading misinformation.”

There has been no word on whether RAI and Mediaset plan to adjust their programming in response to the protests.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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