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Complainant Name:
West London Mental Health Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Ms Charlene Stephenson, Communications Manager for West London Mental Health NHS Trust complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an on-line article had claimed incorrectly that Ian Brady was a patient at Broadmoor Hospital. She also said that the article had made speculative claims that patients at the hospital believed that they should be allowed to claim benefits.


The online publication removed the reference to Ian Brady as a patient, and explained that it had occurred as a result of human error. It said that the article was not speculative as it had referred specifically to the views of four patients and one former patient, whose position was that they should be allowed to claim benefits. However, the article was slightly amended to reflect more clearly that these claims were not general. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Date Published: 17/05/2011

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