Andrew Castle is Leading Britain's Conversation.
25 July 2017, 14:44
The Worrying Thing The Charlie Gard Case Taught James
James O'Brien thinks Charlie Gard's parents fought like any parent would - but the way some of the public have reacted has some worrying undertones.
Charlie Gard's parents yesterday withdrew their application to take their son to the US for experimental medical treatment.
Their lengthy legal battle with Great Ormond Street Hospital to allow their dying son to travel for the treatment has been the subject of debate and extensive media coverage.
The couple received huge public support with their plight, raising more than £1 million for the treatment, but some supporters have taken out their frustration on the children's hospital and sent threatening abuse to staff.
Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have condemned such actions, and praised the hospital for their work.
But James O'Brien thinks this sort of action could be indicative of the way society is becoming.
'What Kind Of Monster Would Criticise Connie Yates And Chris Gard'
The LBC Presenter had previously outlined earlier in the programme that people would have to be a "monster" to criticise Charlie's parents, who he believes acted as any parent would.
But the way some supporters behaved is very concerning, with a suggestion that members of the public know better than experts in the field of medicine.
James said: "How, in your view, do you think we have arrived at a place where utterly unqualified people feel entitled, not just to disagree with pretty much every doctor qualified to comment on the story?"