Covert filming is a none-too-subtle breach of patient confidentiality. But the evidence of poo-stained floors, hungry patients and ignored pleas for help surely needed to be heard.
Whether it also needed to be sensationalised on prime-time TV is another matter, but Ms Haywood claims she tried to alert her seniors before going public.
The NMC beg to differ, ruling that her failure to go through the proper channels was serious enough to end a 20-year career in nursing.
…the panel is referring to the need to protect the public, to maintain standards of nursing in this country and to maintain public confidence in the profession and the NMC.
She may have been naive; maybe even a teensy bit seduced by the TV cameras; but she brought some very serious service failures out into the open, and forced the hospital to address them. That can never be a bad thing. A point also made by Dr John Crippen, with his usual effervescent wit, over on NHS Blog Doctor.
Good to see our favourite NHS blogger getting over his rage about nurses being seen as more trustworthy thandoctors by the public. This outrageous claim is dismissed thus:
“It was reported in the Nursing Times. Enough said.”