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Complainant Name:
Mr Derek Gale

Clauses Noted: 1, 10

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Derek Gale, a psychotherapist, complained that an article which sought to investigate the therapy centre he ran – following his suspension by the Health Professions Council – contained a number of inaccuracies. In addition, the complainant was concerned that the reporter had employed subterfuge in order to obtain access to the Gale Centre, posing as a prospective client, which he considered to be in breach of Clause 10 (Clandestine devices and subterfuge).

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – which believed that the reporter’s actions were in the public interest and that the information could not have been obtained by other means – amended its internal records to reflect two of the points raised by the complainant: that his website had been altered to take account of the requirements of the suspension order; and that his “opening words” to the reporter did not relate to his explanation of psychodrama, as the article had stated. The complainant did not wish for the Commission to come to a formal ruling on the case but requested a summary of his concerns to appear on the PCC website.

Report: 76



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