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Complainant Name:
Dr Daniel Edgcumbe

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Dr Daniel Edgcumbe of Cambridge complained that an article in which a GP gave a first hand account of dealing with his patients did not clarify that he was writing under a pseudonym.

The complainant also raised concerns that the article described the GP as newly qualified and said he had been practising as a doctor for two years. He said that it was not possible to qualify as a GP in less than five years.


The newspaper clarified that the GPs name was indeed a pseudonym making clear that this was the nom de plume under which the doctor was writing a book for future publication.

The newspaper made the argument that readers would have realised that the identity of the real GP could not be divulged in the article. However, it also gave an undertaking that should it use a contribution from the doctor in the future, it would make clear that the name was a pseudonym. The newspaper also marked its cuttings and altered the website article to this effect.

The newspaper also argued that readers would have recognised that the GP had completed his training two years previously. However, it drew the matter to the attention of the newspapers Good Health reporters so that the specific subject of training in the medical profession might be covered at a suitable opportunity in the future. The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Report: 77

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