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Complainant Name:
West London Mental Health Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Ms Lucy McGee, Director of Communications for the West London Mental Health Trust, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about a missing knife on a ward at Broadmoor Hospital contained inaccuracies.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

Further to your article about a knife going missing on a ward at Broadmoor (March 29) we would like to make clear no patients, including Peter Sutcliffe, were confined to their rooms and no extra staff were allocated to the ward as you inaccurately reported. Suggestions that patients were quarantined or kept in their rooms are false. The picture you paint of some kind of "lock down" is misleading and unhelpful. Broadmoor Hospital provides a secure environment for all patients and staff where safety for all is paramount. We go to great lengths to continuously preempt and manage risk within the hospital, and our staff are trained to do this. This means we pay attention to every detail of daily life on wards as well as keeping a calm and orderly environment for patients which provides the right environment for recovery.

Date Published: 03/06/2010



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