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Complainant Name:
Camilla Sutcliffe

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Camilla Sutcliffe complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust that the newspaper had published misleading information in respect of the Trust's decision to close Accident & Emergency services at Burney hospital.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the Trust in the newspaper and with the article online:

Your report on the impact of the private finance initiative (PFI) on A&E units ("Casualty units shut to pay for private finance hospital contracts", January 27) did not tell the whole story.

The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust did not close the A&E at Burnley General Hospital to help pay for a new PFI hospital at Blackburn. A clinically led reconfiguration of a range of services centralises emergency care at Royal Blackburn Hospital, while an urgent care centre remains at Burnley. The result has been reduced deaths among emergency patients in East Lancashire.

Lynn Wissett
Deputy Chief Executive
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Blackburn

Date Published: 17/05/2011

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