A health trust took a regional daily to the press watchdog after the newspaper failed to approach it for comment over a story which claimed an A&E unit was closing.
The University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust complained it was only contacted once a story had been published by the Coventry Telegraph reporting A&E facilities at George Eliot Hospital, in Nuneaton, would close.
The Telegraph blamed an “oversight” for the error, and has since published a correction over the matter.
However, those papers carried a comment from the trust as part of their coverage.
The story said that sources had leaked details of the planned changes ahead of the release of the Coventry and Warwickshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), adding the plans also included restrictions on overweight people and smokers getting non-emergency surgery.
The Trinity Mirror-owned titles told the Independent Press Standards Organisation they analysed the document used as the basis for the story in detail, and after being briefed by a source, came to the view that there were plans to close Nuneaton A&E.
In its complaint to IPSO under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice, the trust said he STP did not support what was reported in the article.
In particular, it was said it was inaccurate to report that the A&E in Nuneaton would close, or that there would be restrictions on surgery for those who were overweight, smoked, or were over a certain age.
Following the Telegraph’s admission about the “oversight”, they agreed to carry a correction regarding the closure claim on page two and online.
The same correction was also published in the Times, News and Herald.
IPSO made no adjudication, and the full resolution statements can be read here.