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Complainant Name:
Dr Martin Morse

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Bristol Evening Post

Complaint:

Dr Martin Morse, Medical Director of North Bristol NHS Trust, complained that an article had given the inaccurate impression – which was reinforced by an editorial comment piece – that Mr James Johnson, Chairman of the BMA, had commented specifically on the situation at Frenchay Hospital. In fact, Mr Johnson’s comments had related to potential closures to Accident and Emergency departments nationally.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:

Frenchay Hospital

In a front page article on October 2, entitled Unit closure ‘could kill off hospital’, and a linked comment column, we said the head of the British Medical Association, Mr James Johnson, had warned that Frenchay Hospital could close if a plan to scrap its minor injuries unit went ahead.

To try and make his remarks relevant to readers, we suggested that his comments applied specifically to Frenchay Hospital, which we accept may have been misleading to readers.

We have been asked by North Bristol NHS Trust to make it clear that in warning of the potential impact of plans to close departments across England, Mr Johnson had not referred specifically to Frenchay Hospital.

We are happy to set the record straight.

Report: 74



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