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Complainant Name:
West London Mental Health Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Lucy McGee, Director of Communications at the West London Mental Health Trust complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article about the health and treatment of Peter Sutcliffe at Broadmoor Hospital was inaccurate and misleading. She was particularly concerned about claims that Mr Sutcliffe had been allowed to gorge himself, and that he had subsequently been provided with a personal trainer and dietician in order to address his weight gain.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article, as well as publication of the following letter:

Further to your 12 December article regarding Peter Sutcliffe, I would like to point out that no patient under the care of the West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Broadmoor Hospital has been provided with a personal trainer or special dietician. As an NHS hospital, we do not allow patients to gorge themselves, as claimed, and weight gain problems are greatly exacerbated by the patients' medication.

Improved physical well-being is an important aspect of recovery from mental health problems, so all of our patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle with advice from staff dieticians where appropriate, and to take physical exercise.

Lucy McGee, Director of Communications, West London Mental Health Trust

Date Published: 08/03/2011

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