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NMC misconduct hearing against Pauline Cafferkey begins


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.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey speaks of anguish over NMC case

Pauline Cafferkey

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.



Readers' comments (15)

  • Poor woman I should think she'd been through enough.

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  • What other regulatory body would do such a thing to a member? They have subjecting her to this stress for years.

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  • This is a disgraceful act on the part of the NMC. Does anyone actually believe that a nurse knowing that she might have or could have a deadly disease hide it?
    I think not!
    This is another example of the NMC riding roughshod over registrants to try and repeat the rubbish that they protect the public when they do no such thing

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  • Is this what the NMC are wasting my registration fee on (along with their swanky London address).....for goodness sake is a nurse not allowed to be a patient....the woman put her life on the line and the NMC treat her like this....they are just making themselves look ridiculous...I am ashamed I am a nurse and this is my professional body

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  • Shame on you NMC - I'm ashamed to be associated with this professional body - absolutely appalled - Pauline you should be treated with dignity and total respect

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  • Omg I cannot believe how callous they are when this poor nurse put her life on the line to help others only to be chastised and take away her nursing career that she so dearly loves. They should be ashamed of themselves I have no respect for them for this thoughtless decision

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  • Jackie Smith time to go, please do the right thing. You have confused automaton professionalism with matters of giving with the heart (I and most other nurses know where the higher ground lies).

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  • The NMC should be sued and the PSA should scrutinise what they've been doing. The NMC is 90 % waste of money.

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  • Pauline I wish you love & luck. You had given so much of yourself to protect & prevent. Why would people think that you would do the opposite once home?

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  • I am not into social media but if I were I would start a support Pauline thing...a big loud public thing.... and all the others who put their life on the line to care for people with Ebola....would the NMC hunt me down, like inquisitors for breaking the 'code'

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