Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BBC Accused of Belittling Florence Nightingale

A group of nursing academics has written to Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC trust, claiming the corporation has made at least two films containing "unsubstantiated and fictional portrayals" of the founder of modern nursing.

They have written to bring up what they describe as "the BBC's persistent, hostile and greatly erroneous treatment of Florence Nightingale" in the films.

In the letter, they have asked the BBC to withdraw two films - Florence Nightingale: Iron Maiden (2001) and Reputations: Florence Nightingale (2008) - from distribution.

They have written that the two hour-long films "attack and belittle Nightingale" and make "misleading" claims about her.

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