Margaret Haywood, a nurse who had been struck off for whistleblowing and exposing her concerns over poor standards of care, has described herself as ‘absolutely delighted’ to have been reinstated on the register.
Margaret Haywood was removed from the nursing register for misconduct in April, after filming the neglect of elderly patients for a television documentary.
But the Royal College of Nursing and the Nursing and Midwifery Council settled on a softer punishment for the 59-year-old at the High Court. The striking off order was replaced with a one-year caution.
Ms Haywood, from Liverpool, said: “I’ve been a nurse for 25 years so losing my registration and not being able to get a job was heartbreaking. I was determined to get it back and it was very difficult, but I had the support of my family, friends, the RCN and others.”
Ms Haywood admitted breaching patient confidentiality but said she felt she was justified in whistleblowing for the Panorama investigation and had agreed to film at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton to highlight terrible conditions.
Ms Haywood added: “The only regret I have is that the only way to get something done about the complaints which were received was to investigate and expose them.”
Was Margaret haywood right to expose poor care standards on national television?