Sunday 22 September, 2019

NCRHA reports daily newspaper to Media Complaints Council

The North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) has reported the Trinidad Guardian to the Media Complaints Council (MCC) over the lead story published in the newspaper on Monday in which a former Under-19 cricketer pleads for blood donations as he battles with cancer.

The Authority expressed concern about what it views as the newspaper’s attempts to undermine its reputation.

In a statement, the NCRHA said a number of the details contained in the report “represent such a departure from the truth, that it raises concerns about the intentions of the Guardian Newspaper to malign the reputation of the NCRHA”.

The article states that former Under-19 cricketer Michael Powell lost half of his right foot to cancer and is pleading with the public to donate A positive blood to help him walk again.

The NCRHA denied that cancer has been diagnosed in any patient with that name “who lost half of their right foot” currently undergoing treatment by the Authority.

While the newspaper report claims that Powell requires emergency surgery, the Authority said no surgery has been scheduled for any patient with that name currently being treated by the NCRHA.

The NCRHA also refuted claims of any shortage of A positive blood and that Powell requires six pints of the blood type for surgery.  

“Blood is not being sought to provide care for any patient with that name currently being treated by the NCRHA.”

“The NCRHA did not have a shortage of A+ blood and we continue to have an adequate supply of this blood type. In fact, the NCRHA has recently been engaged in activities that have resulted in increases in our blood donor supplies.”

The Authority added that contrary to the report, A+ is not a rare blood type.

The NCRHA said it has taken a strong position that “this trend of inaccurate reporting towards the NCRHA by the Guardian Newspapers cannot continue, as it creates an inaccurate impression, can damage the public’s confidence in the NCRHA, and seeks to trivialise the significant healthcare gains we have achieved over the past two years”.

The Authority says it is actively seeking legal advice in response to the latest publication.

 

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