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Complainant Name:
Dr James Spence

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Isle of Wight County Press

Complaint:

Dr James Spence, Dental Surgeon, complained that an article which stated that he was pulling out of the National Health Service was inaccurate and misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to publish the following correction:

Further to our article of 19 December 2008, we have been asked by Dr James Spence, Dental Surgeon, to make clear that his current contract with the IW Primary Care Trust under which he cares for 2000 children remains under dispute and that he has not pulled out of the NHS. Furthermore, free treatment will be guaranteed for children in low income families. Adults under NHS care in the practice will also be protected for 3 years at least. The Primary Care Trust have in any case now offered him a new contract which remains to be finalised.

In the event, the newspaper published a different wording. It therefore agreed to publish the above text, in addition to adding the following:

The original correction of this matter contained wording other than that agreed with Dr Spence. The County Press apologises for this, and for any misleading impression given by the article’s original headline.

Report: 79



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