Dr Hilary Jones: GMB star on avoiding social media due to ‘ignorant and dangerous’ people

Lorraine and Dr Hilary share concerns at large gatherings

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Dr Hilary Jones, 67, has spoken out on facing criticism from ITV viewers after sharing his opinions and medical advice amid the coronavirus pandemic. The GP and television personality admitted he prefers to “avoid social media as much as possible” after encountering “ignorant and dangerous” people online.

Opening up about some of the comments he has seen on social media platforms, Dr Hilary explained in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk: “I try to avoid social media as much as possible.

“There are a lot of ignorant people, people who feel that they have the right to express their views without any medical knowledge at all, and they’re dangerous.” 

Dr Hilary went on to insist he tries to concentrate on giving the facts to viewers of Good Morning Britain and ITV’s Lorraine, on which he frequently appears.

He continued: “So I just concentrate on giving the facts as I see them, based on my experience and my knowledge, and that’s all I can do.”

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Despite facing some negative comments online, Dr Hilary also shared some positive feedback he has received about his TV segments.

He said: “It’s very nice when you get positive feedback from people saying, ‘We’ve been watching you for 30 years and we trust what you say’. 

“And I find it really important to give the right messages.

“And the detractors I don’t pay too much heed to, because there will always be a few of those.

“But hopefully people will go with who they trust,” the doctor added.

Dr Hilary also addressed his recent experiences covering the pandemic for ITV.

He admitted: “Professionally, it’s a challenge of a huge interest.

“This is the biggest public health threat for decades, so covering it as a doctor in the media has been very interesting, and talking to professors and researchers around the world, it’s been massively interesting. 

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“I just wish it hadn’t been a pandemic and hadn’t had such serious consequences at the same time.

“But I think that putting the news into perspective and giving people the knowledge about how to act during a pandemic, and how to be responsible, has been really important.”

He continued: “I think there’s been so much confusion and rapidly changing news.

“But it’s been a delight to be there most days and say, ‘Look, this is where we are now, this is what we need to do, and this is the consensus of medical opinion, this is what we know, and this is what we don’t yet know’. 

“But having a sense of purpose and perspective has been really important to me.”

The general practitioner also explained that although working on TV shows has been “a blast” for him, he recently sought solace in the process of writing his first novel, which is entitled Frontline.

He revealed: “I’ll continue with ITV for as long as it’s fascinating and interesting and fun.

“And I’ve got a lovely project that I’m looking forward to in addition, which is my first novel coming up in September with Welbeck Publishing.”

He added: “It’s called Frontline and it charts the rises of a prominent medical family in the 20th century during times of pandemics and war and that’s going to be the first of a series, so I’m really enthusiastic and excited about that.”

Dr Hilary went on to say that writing the book offered him some escapism from covering upsetting Covid updates on GMB.

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