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Whistleblowing nurse Margaret Haywood reinstated

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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.”

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  • Finally! The right decision prevailed! It was just common sense to re-instate her after the ridiculous earlier decision.

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  • Wonderful news. Well done Margaret.

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  • At last! Would like to say that I'm thrilled about this decision and while I absolutely support this outcome the tragedy is that it was necessary in the first place. The original decision was a travesty and has left many nurses feeling thoroughly unsupported by their governing body and unable to represent the needs of their patients. Congratulations Margaret!

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  • I am very pleased the NMC has changed its stance in this case. Shame on the NHS management team involved for not dealing with the situation effectively in the first place. I am sure its not the first or the last time first line registered nurses will have to put their necks on the block to expose poor governance in the work place. This nurse should be awarded an OBE!

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  • ..and justice is done! Let this be a warning to all organisations who are knowingly running sub standard services and expecting their staff to work in and tolerate such conditions.

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  • Finally! The right decision prevailed! It was just common sense to re-instate her after the ridiculous earlier decision.

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  • Yes, sanity has prevailed but what of Margaret - What has she been through?
    I wish her all the best for her future and hope that we as nurses can learn to support each other and our patients better in future.

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  • George Kuchanny

    well done Margaret!

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  • Well, well, I wonder what influenced "the great and the good" at the NMC? Perhaps they read all the comments and petitions in support of her actions - and I hope feel thoroughly ashamed for that horrendously unfair decision they made initially. However, I agree with the other person in asking "What about Margaret?" O.K. she's been reinstated, but at 59 what are the chances of her now getting a permenant post? We all know about the 'old boy network' that operates in the eschelons of the NHS - is her card marked? And not in a good way? I'd employ her - but then again I'm one of the simple frontline nursing staff who can't possibly be trusted with a decision like that despite doing the job for 34 years!!!!
    Nevertheless, CONGRATULATIONS MARGARET - nursing and the NHS need more people like you!!!

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  • The front cover of the latest edition of the NMC says "Do the right thing" "The NMC wants to support nurses compelled to report malpractice." I suppose if they want to do that they had no choice but to reinstate Margaret, and rightly so too.

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