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Complainant Name:
Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury


Ms Alison Kingscott on behalf of the Weston Area Health NHS Trust complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article reporting on the sentencing of a care worker inaccurately reported that the accused worked and committed the illegal act at Weston General Hospital, whereas he in fact worked at a separate mental health unit, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

An article of 12 April reported that a health care assistance, Colin Hines, was accused of illegal behaviour at Weston General Hospital. In fact he was not an employee of Weston General Hospital but rather of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust.

Date Published: 10/12/2012

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