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Complainant Name:
West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Western Daily Press


Rory Hegarty, Deputy Director of Communications for West London Mental Health NHS Trust, complained that the newspaper had inaccurately referred to Broadmoor as a “prison” and a “jail”.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper reminded its staff of the PCC guidance in this area and published the following apology:

“Further to an article carried in the Western Daily Press on Saturday, August 11, we have been asked to make clear that Broadmoor is a high-security hospital, not a prison. People who are detained in these hospitals under the 1983 Mental Health Act are patients, not prisoners. We regret these inaccuracies and are happy to set the record straight”.

Report: 76

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