13th June 2024
If You Care About The NHS, You Should Care About How It’s Reported
Is the NHS a top priority for you when it comes to general elections and your day-to-day life? Well, you should care about how it is reported on as well. Let’s explain.

We have previously seen claims from political parties on issues such as waiting lists, strikes and hospitals repeated in newspapers and on websites, despite them being debunked by fact-checkers.

The National Health Service has long been a source of pride for many Brits but it has become the focus of fierce debate in the media with reports of privatisation, mismanagement and strikes often dominating news coverage.

Whether you see them in print, online, on TV or even on social media, more often than not, the information you are reading will be more than likely there because a journalist has reported on it. Be that through an investigation, a press conference or a press release.

But there is no law requiring news to be accurate or regulated. Sometimes misleading news is printed deliberately to score political points. Sometimes it is a result of overstretched newsrooms rushing to compete with each other to publish quickly instead of accurately.

You deserve accurate information on the NHS. Truly independent press regulators like Impress require publishers to ensure accuracy and make them accountable if they print misleading information.

We also want regulated publishers to receive better support so that they can focus on quality not quantity when they are reporting on the NHS.

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About Impress 

Impress is a champion for news that can be trusted. We are here to make sure news providers can publish with integrity; and the public can engage in an ever-changing media landscape with confidence. We set the highest regulatory standards for news, offer education to help people make informed choices and provide resolution when disputes arise. 

Media enquiries

Louie Chandler: louie@impressorg.com / 02033076778