BBC agrees to pay nurse damages

A paediatric nurse cleared by an inquiry of hastening the deaths of terminally ill children has received “substantial damages” and an apology from the BBC over allegations made against her on Newsnight.

Last month, nurse Elaine Chase won a similar victory, including a six-figure payment, over The Sun.

London’s High Court heard the BBC had agreed to pay damages over the Newsnight programme on 22 June 2000 in which allegations were made about the way she had treated a young boy and his mother. The programme followed extensive publicity about the inquiry in The Sun that day.

Chase’s solicitor, Jeremy Clarke-Williams, said she was exonerated after an investigation by the South Essex Mental Health and Community Care Trust and Essex police.

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