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NMC drops 'dishonesty' charges against Pauline Cafferkey


Pauline Cafferkey, the British nurse who survived ebola, will not face charges of dishonesty at a misconduct hearing, which continues today.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is alleging Ms Cafferkey, who contracted the virus while working in Sierra Leone in 2014, allowed a wrong temperature to be recorded by health officials when she arrived back in London.

The regulator also alleges the nurse left a screening area at London’s Heathrow Airport without flagging up her true temperature to staff.

However, the hearing panel agreed to drop charges of dishonesty after the NMC said there was no case to answer. The panel heard that Ms Cafferkey’s judgement had been impaired due to illness, according to media reports.

The NMC will now make submissions on just two charges relating to Ms Cafferkey on her return to the UK on 28 December 2014.

The first charge is that she allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded on a Public Health England screening form while in a PHE screening area in Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport.

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The second is that Ms Cafferkey left the screening area without reporting her true temperature to PHE staff.

The NMC alleges that when Ms Cafferkey was having her temperature taken by a doctor she did not tell the medic she had recently taken paracetamol.

Following the screening process, Ms Cafferkey was allowed to board another flight to Glasgow.

She later became critically ill and had to return to London for life-saving treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

The misconduct hearing against Ms Cafferkey, which began yesterday, was due to resume in Edinburgh this morning.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Had this case been the subject of professionally undertaken pre-charge investigation charges would never have been laid and Ms Cafferkey would have been spared the stress of a hearing.

    The NMC should be ashamed.

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  • The NMC bottled it because of the public perception of her!! I wonder how different peoples opinions of the NMC will be when a nurse does introduce a deadly illness to the UK through their dishonesty and negligence?

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