Nurse Struck Off

  1. Story in the news today

    A nurse who secretly filmed for the BBC to reveal the neglect of elderly patients at a hospital has been struck off for misconduct.
    Margaret Haywood, 58, filmed at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton for a BBC Panorama programme in July 2005.
    She was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council on Thursday after being a nurse for more than 20 years.
    The panel said she "followed the behest of the filmmakers... rather than her obligations as a nurse".

    I remember this when the documentary was shown first.
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  3. by   XB9S
  4. by   Silverdragon102
    I remember this, do you have a link?
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    never mind, you added it as I typed
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    In one way seems a shame especially if she had made reports on conditions but at the same time patients have to be protected
  7. by   XB9S
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    never mind, you added it as I typed
    great minds


    I think the main problem is that as a nurse she didn't explore all whistle blowing policies before making the documentary, and patient confidentiality was compromised which is unforgivable
  8. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from sharrie
    great minds


    I think the main problem is that as a nurse she didn't explore all whistle blowing policies before making the documentary, and patient confidentiality was compromised which is unforgivable
    Agree, confidentiality compromise is unforgivable. I did used to think though when I worked in hospitals that there was issues but a lot of hospitals I think are old and building new ones isn't always the answer. I remember one hospital I worked at used to be a military hospital back in WW11 and was spread out so transporting patients was 'fun'. They are in the process of having a new hospital built but there was initially issues on where to build as the land wasn't great. Should have been built a couple years ago but think they have only just started building now.

    Thanks Sharrie, thought it was the OP at first posting the link, not concentrating properly today
  9. by   StNeotser
    From the BBC;



    A nurse who secretly filmed for the BBC to reveal the neglect of elderly patients at a hospital has been struck off for misconduct.

    Margaret Haywood, 58, filmed at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton for a BBC Panorama programme in July 2005.

    She was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council which said she failed to "follow her obligations as a nurse".

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...ex/8002559.stm
  10. by   XB9S
    Quote from StNeotser
    From the BBC;



    A nurse who secretly filmed for the BBC to reveal the neglect of elderly patients at a hospital has been struck off for misconduct.

    Margaret Haywood, 58, filmed at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton for a BBC Panorama programme in July 2005.

    She was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council which said she failed to "follow her obligations as a nurse".

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...ex/8002559.stm
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  11. by   Anxious Patient
    Sometimes it seems this 'patient confidentiality' clause benefits the perpetrators of patient abuse more than the abused patient. Although well meaning, it can also be a handy alibi to hide any wrongdoings.
  12. by   XB9S
    Hiya Meg how are you.

    I would have to disagree with you on this case as reading the news reports, this nurse did not attempt to follow the correct channels for whistle blowing, she didn't report to her seniors, or the trust managers. She was employed for the sole purpose of exposing poor conditions rather than trying to address them by other means.

    The patients that were shown in the documentary were elderly and very vulnerable, she abused their trust and her position as a nurse by failing to gain consent from them to be filmed. She failed to assist colleagues when a patient was unwell and deteriorating because it would have interfered with her filming.

    The UK nursing and midwifery code of professional conduct is very clear about patient confidentiality, about working collaboratively with other members of staff in the best interests of the patients and also about a nurses responsibility to report conditions that are not conducive to good care. She breeched many of the rules within the code of conduct and the council would have had no alternative than to remove her from the register.

    Just as an additional bit of information, the Nursing and midwifery council is not accountable to any one hosptial, it is the UK's regulatory nursing body, they would have had no reason to cover up and will gain nothing from the result of this hearing. Their job is to maintain professional standards and patient safety and in this case this is what they are doing.

    We have procedures for whistle blowing in the UK, and employees are protected under law if they use these policies, they are not always effective and there is some frustration when outcomes are not what you want but this nurse did not even attempt to use one of the policies set in place for this purpose.
    Last edit by XB9S on Apr 17, '09
  13. by   FireStarterRN
    Does 'struck off' mean that she lost her nursing license?
  14. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from FireStarterRN
    Does 'struck off' mean that she lost her nursing license?
    yes, she can no loner work as a nurse in the UK and would have problems if looking at another country as she will have to declare this

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