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Complainant Name:
West London Mental Health Trust

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Daily Sport

Complaint:

Ms Lucy McGee, Director of Communications for the West London Mental Health Trust, complained that an article about the possible redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital was inaccurate and discriminatory.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology:

We wish to apologise to West London Mental Health Trust and to the staff and patients of Broadmoor Hospital for our article of January 12 which we now accept was in poor taste. As well as being extremely offensive to patients and staff at the hospital, to people who suffer or have had to live with mental illness, and to families affected by the actions of some of Broadmoor's patients, the article also broke several areas of the Code of Practice - not least of all under the headings of accuracy and discrimination. We regret this and assure our readers that it was not our intention to stigmatise mental ill-health or those who experience it.

Date Published: 09/03/2010



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