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Complainant Name:
Mr Mark Smith

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Newbury Weekly News

Complaint:

Mr Mark Smith of Berkshire complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported the proceedings of the inquest into his mother’s death.

He said that reference to his mother’s GP being “exonerated” suggested that the GP had been the subject of an accusation, when this was not the case; that the GP had not stated that he had scheduled a heart scan for the next day, as reported; and that his extensive questioning of the medical staff at the inquest on the subject of female heart attack had not been mentioned in the article.


Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the complainant agreed to accept the newspaper’s offer to publish the following correction:

A report in the Newbury Weekly News (May 28, 2009) of the inquest into the death of Mrs Sally Smith, of Inkpen, stated that Dr Nick Yates, of Kintbury Surgery, had told the hearing that he had scheduled a heart scan for Mrs Smith for the day after she died. We have been asked to point out that it had been the intention to review Mrs Smith with more tests the following morning. None had been scheduled. The Newbury Weekly News apologises for the inaccuracy.

Report: 79



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