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Complainant Name:
Mr Simon North

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 5

Publication: Spalding Guardian


Mr Simon North complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper's account of his mother's inquest was distorted as a result of the omission of certain information.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter in the newspaper:

Family responds to Guardian inquest report

Following the publication of a report into the inquest of my mother, Mrs Kathleen North ("Pensioner died from bed sores", November 14, 2010), the family would like to make the following points.

With my mother's long-term illness of Muscular Dystrophy, she had lived in pain for over 30 years.

Nearly 15 years ago, my father - Mr Malcolm North - gave up work to become her full-time carer, a job he carried out lovingly and diligently.

At this point, Social Services visited regularly.

At the inquest, Social Services admitted that my mother was "lost off the database" in 2005. From this point, no further assistance was offered until the Occupational Therapist became involved 5 days prior to her hospitalisation.

My mother was a proud lady who didn't like asking for help, but welcomed it when offered. Her decline in health was rapid towards the end. From three weeks before admission, up to only a few days beforehand, she had been visited by local District Nurses who had only one concern regarding the discomfort caused by the mobility sling.

We will always remember my mother's strength and humility whilst dealing with her illness, and her unwavering love and generosity.

Simon North
Woolram Wygate


Date Published: 17/12/2010

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