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Complainant Name:
Warren Hamilton

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Warren Hamilton complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article reporting that expectant mothers from Poland living in the UK had been sent to their home country to give birth. The article reported the cost of this activity to the NHS on the assumption that the costs associated with giving birth in the UK were the same as in Poland. The complainant argued that the cost was likely to be lower in Poland and, as such, readers may have been misled in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper undertook to establish, via a Freedom of Information request, the precise cost of the NHS sending the women to Poland to give birth and published the following clarification alongside the online article:

We would like to make clear that the cost of £1m has been calculated on the assumption that the cost billed to the NHS of a birth in Poland under the E112/S2 scheme is the same or similar to the average cost of a birth in the UK which is £1,631.

Date Published: 11/04/2013

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