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Complainant Name:
Mr Joseph O'Leary

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Mr Joseph O'Leary complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that an article which reported on medical ‘never events' in the NHS had inaccurately stated that such events had doubled in a year.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, as well as appropriate amendments to the online article:

Our article "NHS blunders that should never happen double in a year" (3 September) said that 299 "never events" occurred in 2012-13 compared to 163 in 2011-12 representing a doubling in their scale. The Department of Health said after the report was printed that 163 "never events" represented only those centrally recorded and not ones reported to other health authorities and explained that the correct number for comparison was 326. The figures published were not, therefore, comparable.

Date Published: 06/12/2013

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