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Wording influences the answer you get
12:46pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in Letters
I HAVE just seen a copy of East Cheshire NHS Trust’s questionnaire on the closure of Tatton Ward.
It contains a fine example of how to word a question in order to influence the answer so you get the answer you want.
The first and main question is, “We believe in providing a superior environment for patients needing our care. To enable us to provide this the Trust propose to close Tatton ward. Do you agree?”
There are two options for answer, yes or no.
If I answer yes then I am agreeing to the closure. If I answer no, I am implying I don’t want them to provide a superior environment!
BRYAN PEAK Ashworth Park Knutsford