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Complainant Name:
Mr Charles Tubbs

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Charles Tubbs complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of Dr Robin Lawrence about an article which was, in Dr Lawrence's view, inaccurate and misleading on breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article reported on disciplinary proceedings to which Dr Lawrence had been subject; however, the newspaper had failed to report that Dr Lawrence had subsequently been exonerated.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the amendment of the online article, so that it included the following statement:

Following the hearing reported below the psychiatrist was struck off the register following a determination by a General Medical Council Fitness to Practice Panel. This determination was later ruled unlawful by the High Court, because of unfairness during the hearing and in the decision-making process and because of procedural and evidential irregularities. The psychiatrist was reinstated on the register.

Date Published: 29/04/2013

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