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Complainant Name:
Ms Zoe Harcombe

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


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 alterations to the online article to make clear that the increased use of statins correlated to the decrease in the number of strokes, rather than necessarily causing the decrease. It also published the following footnote:

UPDATE: An earlier version of the headline stated that "Strokes fall by 40 per cent due to increased statin use". We are happy to make clear that the King's College London research did not attribute the reduction to statins.

Date Published: 14/11/2013

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