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Bradshaw labels nurse whistleblower ruling 'unduly harsh'


Health minister Ben Bradshaw has appeared to add his support to nurse whistleblower Margaret Haywood.

Speaking in a Westminster Hall adjournment debate on whistleblowing, Mr Bradshaw said: ‘The RCN…has made it clear that it thinks, given the range of sanctions available, the decision to strike Ms Haywood off was unduly harsh.
Having studied the report myself and considered the wider implications of the ruling on our whistleblowing policy, I have to say I agree with the RCN’s position on this case.’

Readers' comments (2)

  • From this statement by Ben Bradshaw can we not now move to a vote of "no confidence" in the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) as not only do they do nothing to support nurses and the nursing profession at all but merely act as a punitive authority but they can now be seen as doing nothing for the protection of the public. Those responsible for the maladminstration at the hospital where Ms Haywood worked seem to have had no sanctions imposed and got off scott free. We were informed by the Trust where I work that if one was to "Whistleblow" then the trust would not support you but more than likely would want to get rid of you. The NMC supposedly has a remit to be independent of Government and to this end it raises its funds by enforcing nurses to pay an annual subscription. Within the last two years the NMC received funding from the government.

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  • Hi,

    Last year I personally sent an email via a colleague to CHRE - Sir Harry Cayton - who is Chair - stating that I felt that the bullying behaviour of the NMC ( outlined in the CHRE report )- as well as their lack of leadership, direction, influence and action over the past 10 years to protect the public, had brought the nursing profession into a state of disrepute.

    I had no acknowledgement of this email and so wish to send it again via this website.

    Sir Harry Cayton - the Nursing and Midwifery Council, by its bullying behaviour and lack of action on case managing and attending to a backlog of professional conduct cases (brought to light in your organisation's report in summer 2008), has brought the nursing profession into a potential state of disrepute. The NMC has been influenced by its previous inaction by showing now ill-judged and unduly harsh decisions in the Margaret Haywood case. It has shown that it has been influenced by its own ineffectiveness and its inability to make sensible decisions in order to protect the public. However, it has not protected the public by this recent decision.
    This NMC decision now offers a message to most nurses working in the NHS - to think more than twice about reporting neglect and institutional abuse.

    The NMC should be disbanded.

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