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Complainant Name:
Mr Dean Harris

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Evening Post

Complaint:

Mr Dean Harris of Swansea complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article reporting on plans to move emergency surgery from Singleton to Morriston Hospital was inaccurate. He was particularly concerned about a claim that consultants at Singleton hospital had lodged a grievance claim against Karen Pearman, surgical manager of the directorate.

Resolution:

Although the newspaper explained that it had since published a letter from surgeons at Singleton hospital in which they refuted the claim, the matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following apology:

On December 15, the Evening Post published an article headlined "Doctors attack plans to move emergency surgery site." While the article made it clear that the alleged complaint by surgeons at Morriston Hospital was a claim made by two workers at the hospital, the headline and the opening paragraphs of the article went further and presented these claims as a statement of fact. We regret any confusion, and any distress to any individuals named in the article, caused by this, and are pleased to clarify the situation.

Date Published: 03/03/2011



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