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The ethics bureau of the Israel Medical Association and the Second Authority for
Television and Radio have jointly set up an investigative team to look into
complaints alleging that a psychiatrist hired by the Big Brother production
company gave residents of the reality TV show’s house psychiatric drugs without
At least two former residents are suing the company for
receiving such medications.
Health Ministry director-general Prof. Ronni
Gamzu has said he will investigate whether the company’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ilan
Rabinovich, exceeded his professional limits.
The Second Authority will
send a questionnaire to all participants in the reality show during the past
four years to collect data.
Ethics bureau chairman Prof. Avinoam Reches
was queried by Menashe Samira, director of the Second Authority, asking him to
look into the medical aspects of the complaints. A team of psychiatrists and
psychologists has been set up to help Reches deal with the issue.
authority said it will act in accordance with results of the examination and
prepare professional and medical recommendations on giving medical and
psychological treatment to participants in reality shows.
will include the question whether psychiatric treatment, including medication,
by Rabinovich, were influenced by the production staff to earn higher viewer
ratings or for other considerations, the IMA and the authority said. The
examination team also wants to obtain information about the current residents in
the Big Brother House in Neveh Ilan, west of Jerusalem.
“We are going to
look into this seriously,” Samira told Keshet, the TV company that broadcasts
The Knesset Education, Culture and Sport Committee will convene
on Monday to discuss the issue.