'Grey's Anatomy,' 'ER' protested in Italy

Medical group crying malpractice over series

ROME -- A leading Italian medical group said television programs with medical and hospital themes get so many details wrong that Italy's main broadcasters should refrain from airing them.

According to Annalisa Silvestro, president of the National Federation of Medical Colleges, 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 the same view.

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

No word on whether RAI and Mediaset plan to adjust their programming because of the protests.