GMB: Dr Hilary apologises after being spotted without a mask
Dr Hilary has been offering advice to Good Morning Britain viewers since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, including talking about the effectiveness of wearing a face covering to help stop the spread of the disease. Speaking on the show on Wednesday, the medical expert apologised to viewers after a leaked image showed him without a face mask.
He explained he had just finished filming Good Morning Britain and Lorraine when he went to fulfil an emergency prescription for a patient.
As a result, the doctor forgot to put on a face mask.
Dr Hilary explained on the show: “Two months ago, I’ve done the show here, I’ve done Lorraine’s show, I’ve gone to St George’s Hospital to film what they’re doing after the NHS Charities Together.
“They’re producing some areas to relax for the staff after a hard day’s work with Covid.
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“I’ve done a 10 hour day, I’ve gone into a chemist in my local village to get an emergency prescription for a patient.
“And because I’m distracted and there’s nobody in there, I forgot to put my mask on.
“I’m in there for 60 seconds, and in that 60 seconds somebody who could have reminded me to put a mask on politely comes in, takes a photograph and flogs it to the press.”
He continued: “That was two months ago – I am utterly sorry that I forgot to put my mask on, first time in nine months that I’ve done that. And I put my hands up and we talked about it on air because I think almost everyone’s done it.”
His co-host Piers Morgan jumped to his defence, explaining he too had also forgotten a face mask in the past.
“I’m going to be honest, I do this at least once a week. I come in somewhere, out of somewhere,” the presenter remarked.
“I’ll wear one into my café and sometimes I forget as I’m leaving the café. It’s literally a five metre walk.
“But sometimes I just forget. I think the line is not to not take this seriously – we believe fundamentally that masks save lives.”
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Piers remarked there are sometimes reasonable explanations for someone missing a face mask.
“For me it’s all about intent. Did people intend to break the rules or do they not intend to break the rules?” he asked.
“A bit of forgetfulness from people who otherwise – I do, you do, Gary Lineker I know was caught without one in a garage, most of the time, 98 percent of the time, he remembers to wear one – it’s about intent.”
“No one watching this can hand on heart say they haven’t inadvertently broken a rule.”
On Monday, Dr Hilary jumped to Piers’ defence after the host was seen without a face mask as he got into a tax.
“You didn’t do it deliberately, that’s the difference, you did it completely by mistake,” he said.
“Anyone can make a mistake occasionally for a few seconds. What’s different is you do it deliberately and flout the rules.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.
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