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Kyle's show banned from hospital

Jeremy Kyle
Jeremy Kyle's face can no longer be seen in the hospital waiting rooms

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been banned from a Liverpool hospital's waiting rooms after complaints from patients.

Televisions in Fazakerley hospital's communal areas had previously screened ITV1 programmes all day.

But they have now all been retuned to BBC One to avoid "controversial chat shows" that could prove disruptive, Aintree Hospitals Trust said.

An ITV1 spokesman said it was "entirely a matter for the trust" in deciding which programmes it screened.

The hospital's patients who are fans of the show will not miss out - the hospital's 800 bedside monitors still receive ITV1.

Some patients will be very apprehensive and worried in waiting rooms and we have to be sensitive to how patients feel
Hospital spokesman

Fazakerley hospital's bedside TV units are controlled by patients and receive 16 digital channels, including the main BBC and ITV channels.

But a hospital spokesman confirmed some patients had complained to governors about programmes shown on its communal televisions.

"We are a hospital and patients have a right to expect a calm atmosphere," said the spokesman.

"Some patients will be very apprehensive and worried in waiting rooms and we have to be sensitive to how patients feel."

The daytime programme often features controversial topics and has attracted criticism in the past.

In 2007, Manchester district judge Alan Berg described the Jeremy Kyle show as "human bear-baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment".

A spokesman for ITV said: "Clearly deciding which programmes are shown in the communal areas of its buildings is entirely a matter for the trust."



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