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Complainant Name:
Ms Zoe Harcombe

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Ms Zoe Harcombe complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate and misleading information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant said that the newspaper had incorrectly stated as a fact that a 40 per cent fall in the number of strokes was due to an increased use of statins. The study which reported the decreased incidence of strokes made no reference to statins.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the alteration of the headline of the online article and the publication of the following footnote:

An earlier version of the headline stated that "Statins reduce number of stroke sufferers by 40% in 16 years". We are happy to make clear that the King's College London research itself did not attribute the reduction to statins.

Date Published: 06/12/2013

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