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Complainant Name:
Michael Hewitson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Whitby Gazette


Michael Hewitson complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article about local mental health care provision in which he was misquoted.


The newspaper said that it had tried to resolve the matter directly with the complainant and was happy to publish either correction or a letter from the complaint in his own words. The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of a correction - with equal prominence to the original - in the following terms:

In an article headlined "Future of Spinnaker Lodge up in the air" dated 18 December 2009, we reported on a meeting at which members of the public questioned NHS representatives about the future of community mental health services in the Whitby area. It was stated that one individual asked for a definition of the difference between social care and respite care. We have been asked to make clear that he actually requested a definition of the difference between social care and health care. We are also happy to clarify that the comment made regarding a Continuing Health Care "postcode lottery" was based on official funding figures that show a significant difference between the financial resources available to North Yorks & York NHS Trust and other trusts in the North East.

Date Published: 24/03/2010

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