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Complainant Name:
Mrs Julia Roebuck

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Metro

Complaint:

Mrs Julia Roebuck complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which was, in her view, inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article reported on the high prevalence of type 1 diabetes in the United Kingdom, and carried the claim that the ‘high rate is caused by parents failing to notice the four main symptoms of type 1'. The complainant emphasised that type 1 diabetes was an auto-immune disease which, regardless of diagnosis date, could not be prevented.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following correction:

‘Yesterday's page 20 story about diabetes was wrong to suggest that parents were to blame for the high rate of type 1 cases. It should be made clear that lack of awareness of the symptoms of type 1 was a reason so many children were seriously ill by the time they were diagnosed. Further information is available from www.diabetes.org.uk'.

Date Published: 31/01/2013



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