The Nursing and Midwifery Council has begun a hearing over allegations of misconduct against British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who survived after contracting the ebola virus.
According to media reports, Ms Cafferkey allegedly did not tell health officials how high her temperature was when she returned to London in 2014 after working in Africa during the outbreak of the virus.
Public Health England staff, in charge of screening for ebola at London’s Heathrow airport, took Ms Cafferkey’s temperature before allowing her to board a connecting 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 NMC case against Ms Cafferkey started today in Edinburgh, but the charges against her have not been confirmed by the regulator.
Lawyers representing Ms Cafferkey have applied to have the hearing held in private – including the charges. A conduct and competence panel is now considering the request.
An NMC hearing can be held in private for reasons including if information about the nurse’s health is to be heard.
Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey speaks of anguish over NMC case
An NMC spokesman said it would provide a statement either once the charges had been confirmed – if the hearing is not held in private – or after the hearing has concluded, which is scheduled for tomorrow.
Earlier this summer, Ms Cafferkey spoke out about the stress that the NMC investigations had been causing her.
The nurse, who has experienced several relapses since spending five weeks working in Sierra Leone, said at the time she was unsure why the NMC’s investigations had not been completed at that point – more than 18 months after she returned to the UK from Africa.