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Complainant Name:
West London Mental Health Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Ms Lucy McGee, Director of Communications for the West London Mental Health Trust, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about the possible redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital - and a separate online article about patients learning DJ skills - contained inaccuracies.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper - which marked its internal cuttings and circulated details of the errors to all its staff to ensure that they would not be repeated - published the following correction:

In a satirical article on January 12 we mistakenly referred to Broadmoor hospital as a prison and suggested it had padded cells. We are happy to make clear that Broadmoor does not have any cells. As a high security hospital it supports patients suffering from serious mental health problems accommodated on wards. In addition, Ian Brady has never been a patient at Broadmoor. We regret the errors.

It also published the following correction online, having amended the original article:

In a satirical article on January 12 and on the morning of 2 February we mistakenly referred to Broadmoor hospital as a prison and suggested in the first story that it had padded cells. We are happy to make clear that Broadmoor does not have any cells. As a high security hospital it supports patients suffering from serious mental health problems accommodated on wards. In addition, Ian Brady has never been a patient at Broadmoor. Our online stories have been adjusted to omit these errors which we regret.

Date Published: 08/03/2010



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