Nurse struck off for exposing poor hospital care

A nurse who secretly filmed poor conditions in a hospital has been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


Margaret Haywood, 58, helped expose the neglect of elderly patients at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton for the BBC in 2005.

This week an NMC fitness-to-practise panel found her guilty of misconduct and ruled Ms Haywood had 'failed in her obligations as a nurse'.

The panel said that although conditions in the ward were 'dreadful' she should not have breached patient confidentiality.

Ms Haywood, from Liverpool, told the BBC: 'I am absolutely devastated and upset by it all. I think I have been treated very harshly.'

'It is a serious issue and I knew it was a risk I was taking, but I thought the filming was justified and it was in the public interest.'

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