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Complainant Name:
Michael Hewitson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Whitby Gazette

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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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