Earlier this week the Daily Mail ran a story claiming four out of five new nurses are "FOREIGN".
But it turns out the claim was bogus. The real figure is more like one in five, according to a correction issued by the Health and Social Care Information Service (HSCIS).
The Mail's story relied upon a very misleading calculation whereby the net change in the number of nurses was divided by the number of overseas nurses hired. It failed to take into account the all important number of British nurses hired.
If they had done that they would have been left with a figure of around one in five foreign nurses and a front page that looked like this:
HSCIC has written to Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to complain, stating:
"We are writing to express our extreme concern that the Daily Mail has chosen to use inaccurate figures on its front page for two days, despite clear Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) guidance that these figures are incorrect.Furthermore, you have resisted consistent approaches by telephone and email from the HSCIC media team, which explained the inaccuracies and requested a correction. The public have a right to know that the claim above is statistically unsound."