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Complainant Name:
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Birmingham Mail


Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, complained that the newspaper had published inaccurate and misleading information in coverage of ongoing employment tribunal proceedings brought against the Trust by a former employee. The Trust was also concerned that the newspaper had not sent a reporter to report on the tribunal proceedings on the day that it began to give its evidence. In general, the Trust's response to the allegations had not been adequately reported.


The newspaper made clear that it had always intended to report the Trust's evidence; it had not done so on the first day because of a misunderstanding. In the course of the complaint, the proceedings recommenced and the complainant was satisfied with the newspaper's continuing coverage. The matter was resolved on this basis, along with the publication of the following correction:

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

We reported (March 17) that University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust "has been shamed for having the worst rates of MRSA in the country". To clarify, the rates referred to were for 2004/05 when 152 cases were recorded; in 2010/11 its MRSA rates had improved to joint 19th worst (out of 167) among UK Trusts, with 11 cases recorded.

Date Published: 23/09/2011

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