"Many of the people who have contacted Meningitis Now or commented on our online support pages to share their frustration with Sunetra’s remarks have experienced significant trauma, loss and devastation as a result of this disease.
“Meningitis can affect anyone of any age, it can be fatal or can cause long-term after-effects. For meningitis to be mentioned in such a throw-away manner is deeply distressing for the many people and families who have been so tragically affected by this disease.
“We would urge ITV and Sunetra to reflect on whether this comment really should go unchallenged.
“At Meningitis Now we are here to provide emotional, practical and financial support for everyone in the UK who has been affected by meningitis, completely free of charge. Whatever life after meningitis throws at you, Meningitis Now is here to help you face the future with confidence and hope.”