Margaret Haywood, a nurse who was struck off for secretly filming patient neglect in a Sussex hospital has been named the patients’ choice at a national awards ceremony.
Ms Haywood was later reinstated after admitting breaching patient confidentiality to highlight terrible conditions at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton.
Her film was used in a BBC Panorama programme, and her ban was later replaced with a one-year caution.
She told the BBC: “I still believe it was the right thing to do, and this award makes it even better. I still say my actions were justified, and getting this award gives me a lot more credibility.”
She is soon to start a new job training nurses and carers, and said she did not feel angry about the way she was treated.
She was the overwhelming public favourite at the Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year Awards, and judges said she “demonstrated outstanding nursing qualities and a willingness to go the extra mile”.
They said that Ms Haywood had “clearly made a huge sacrifice on behalf of her patients”, and that “at least some were grateful for her actions”.