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Complainant Name:
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published incorrect information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that the newspaper had made reference in a number of articles about "gagging payments" made by the NHS to two consultants at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust who had received payments from the NHS. In one article it referred to them having received "hush money". The complainant said that the payments to the two consultants bore no relevance to the subject; they had not been whistle-blowers and had not been subject to a "gagging order". Both still worked for the Trust.

Resolution:

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

Articles in June about secret severance payments to NHS staff said that two consultants at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were paid ‘hush money'. We are happy to clarify that while the consultants in question were paid £300,000 and £265,000 they were not asked to sign gagging orders and continue to work for the trust.

Date Published: 02/08/2013



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