We factchecked a front page claim on the Times last week that bedblocking costs the NHS £6 billion a year.
Today the Times published a front page correction explaining that the £6bn figure was a ‘serious error’.
We said in a front-page report that bed blocking costs the NHS £6 billion a year (August 12). Official estimates put the cost at about £820 million. We apologise for the serious error.
The correction is good for five reasons:
- Places the correction on the front page, which is good in this instance given the seriousness of the error
- Describes the error
- Gives the correct answer
- Admits it was a serious error
- Apologises for the error
We have updated our original factcheck to reflect this.
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