Nurse struck off by NHS for filming neglected patients

‘Nursing staff scared to speak out’

A NURSE struck off for secretly filming the neglect of patients has called for a review of how the NHS deals with nurses who speak out.

Margaret Haywood, who broke down in tears as she was struck off after a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said she was “absolutely devastated” by the decision.

She insisted that filming the neglect of patients at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton for a Panorama programme in July 2005 was the right thing to do.

But the NMC panel told the 58-year-old, who has worked as a nurse for more than 20 years, that the filming was a “major breach” of the profession’s code and “it would not be in the public interest for her to be able to practise as a nurse”.

Speaking after the hearing Ms Haywood, of Liverpool, said: “It is a serious issue and I knew it was a risk, but the filming was in the public interest.

“NHS nurses are afraid to speak out about patient neglect and the whole process needs to be reviewed so nurses can make it easier to voice their concerns.”

Ms Haywood, who was found guilty of misconduct yesterday, said she had “owed it to the people on the ward” to expose the patient’s neglect with the filming.
Source: Evening Express
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