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Complainant Name:
Miss Hannah Ryan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: i


Miss Hannah Ryan complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a headline on its front cover which was misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that readers would understand from the headline that still births were a result of a "maternity bungle".


While the newspaper did not agree that its coverage was misleading - the article was about negligence cases in maternity care, including instances of still birth - the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant:

Your recent report about costs faced by the NHS as the result of negligence claims over failings in maternity care noted that a portion of those claims relate to instances of stillbirth. Yet many stillbirths are the result of unforeseen complications or unexplained factors, where nobody is to blame. Indeed, it is vital to tackle the taboo that still exists around this subject and to understand that it is not always possible or helpful to seek fault where none is to be found.

Hannah Ryan

Date Published: 30/11/2012

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