According to the Guardian, King’s College hospital are likely to lodge a complaint to the press watchdog.
Allegedly, a Sun Journalist impersonated a friend of a Grenfell Tower victim to gain access and interview him.
It is now believed that the hospital will file a complaint with the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso). The alleged incident has also written to News UK, the Sun, Times and Sunday Times.
“Following an incident at King’s College hospital, we have formally written to the Sun and will be informing the Independent Press Standards Organisation,” said a spokeswoman for King’s College hospital NHS foundation trust. “We are unable to comment on the specifics until our complaint has been investigated.”
It is believed that the Sun reporter attempted to get an interview with Mario Gomes, a Grenfell resident who lived on the 21st floor. Gomes has received much media attention since the disaster on Wednesday, being hailed a hero after he ran back into the buildings to find his 12 year-old daughter.
The Sun will now apparently be investigated under the clause 8 of the editors’ code, which has two rules relating to hospitals. It states: “Journalists must identify themselves and obtain permission from a responsible executive before entering non-public areas of hospitals or similar institutions to pursue inquiries.
“The restrictions on intruding into privacy are particularly relevant to inquiries about individuals in hospitals or similar institutions.”
One of the six hospitals caring for the Grenfell victims, King’s College has received more than 70 victims of the fire.
Here is what the Sun have had to say about the allegation: “The Sun wants to make it clear that no reporter has ‘impersonated’ any family members.
“The Sun was in contact with one of the people injured in the Grenfell fire, who provided a detailed phone interview for the newspaper. We then visited him in hospital to get a further interview and photos.
“On arrival the Sun reporter and photographer made hospital staff aware that they were present and had been in touch with the contact. However we were informed the contact had changed his mind on the interview and the Sun promptly left the hospital. We completely refute any accusation that our employees acted inappropriately.”