Ban on Panorama’s whistleblowing nurse revoked

A nurse who was struck off for secretly filming inside a hospital has won her battle to return to work.

Margaret Haywood filmed the treatment of elderly patients at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton for a BBC Panorama programme, broadcast in July 2005.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found her guilty of misconduct during a fitness-to-practice hearing, beacause she had breached patient privacy rules.

Haywood appealed, and following a High Court-approved settlement between Haywood and the NMC the striking off order imposed in May this year is to be replaced with a one-year caution.

Haywood said: “I am proud to be a nurse and have always put patients’ interests first. I am now looking forward to putting this behind me and getting back to nursing.”

The NMC said the caution was a fair outcome, reports the BBC.

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