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Complainant Name:
Mr Alan McLaughlin

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Alan McLaughlin of Largs complained that online comments posted on the newspaperís website beneath an article about rising prescription charges in England had stated inaccurately that prescriptions in Scotland were subsidised by English taxpayers, when in fact studies had demonstrated that Scotlandís overall tax contribution made the arrangement fiscally neutral. Moreover, contrary to the claim in the article that prescriptions in Scotland were currently free, the complainant said that a charge was still paid by a number of sections of society.

Resolution:

The newspaper acknowledged that some people in Scotland did currently have to pay prescription charges, but emphasised that the purpose of the article was to highlight the British Medical Associationís position that charges should be abolished altogether. However, the newspaper removed the online comments from the article, and drew the matter to the attention of its website moderators. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Report: 79



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