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Does the 'undercover nurse' deserve to be struck off?

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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.

NMC ruling:

…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.”


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  • Anonymous

    Ms. Haywood is just one of the many victims of our society's failure to undergo changes. A victim of poor judgment and hypocrisy. We are fast in judging others without looking first in ourselves if we are guilty of the same charge! Ms. Haywood's action maybe not the best decision to be done but that was the best action for her at that time, for her it was the right thing to do but we overlook her real motive, THAT IS TO MAKE A CHANGE.....SHE DID HER JOB EVEN NOT PERFECT BUT WE SEEM NOT TO APPRECIATE SMALL THINGS BUT QUICK IN JUDGING COZ IT WAS NOT DONE IN THE WAY WE WANT IT TO BE DONE! We make mistakes in our lives and we learn from them each day..........even our MP's made mistakes and apologizes in public........who are we to judge others......ARE YOU PERFECT YOURSELVES???

    Our leaders made laws but they are the very first one who breaks them! They made laws but they dont know the meaning of it...........


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